Apr 3, 2012

How does the "similar studies" function work?

The similar studies tool compares the metadata records of studies and returns the ten most similar studies, with entries in series grouped together. Key things to keep in mind:

  • Your search query has no bearing on what appears in that list.
  • It's based upon ICPSR's metadata record, not the full text of the documentation.
  • The ten most similar studies may not actually be all that similar.

We're still testing this utility and fine-tuning its performance. If you find any obviously bad matches, please let us know at web-support@icpsr.umich.edu. Just let us know the study number and we'll take a look at it.