Principle - Notes in a Zettelkasten can be ranked

Previously, we determined that a zettelkasten was a directed graph1. Since a zettelkasten is a directed graph, we can run standard graph algorithms on the graph. One of the most well known graph algorithms is Page Rank.23

As an incredibly brief review:

PageRank works by counting the number and quality of links to a page to determine a rough estimate of how important the website is. The underlying assumption is that more important websites are likely to receive more links from other websites.

The key word to examine here is “important.” Important in this context means the probability of landing on the page after a large number of clicks.

What does this mean in the context of zettelkasten? Page Rank can provide a steady-state distribution to your notes and ideas. Ideas with a higher probability are more important in connecting your ideas. Perhaps these are core competencies, central axioms or key assumptions of our world-view! I hope to explore this when I have a mature zettelkasten!

  1. Principle - Zettelkasten is a directed graph

  2. Ignore everything webpage or hypertext specific in the wikipedia article. In the other uses section is broadens the applicability of the algorithm to “any graph or network in any domain”

  3. Note to self, it might be interesting to jump deeper into the markov theory and algorithm and do some notes on that.