While of course I endorse as diverse a reading of the preprint archives as is possible, we all know that there’s simply too much that goes on there for every paper to get even the most cursory of glances, let alone a proper viewing. My strategy has been to reduce the daily postings to a manageable number using a perl script that weights by keywords in the title and abstracts of papers. This is a technique first implemented by Richard Edgar, that was brought to my attention indirectly by R. J. Massey, when one of my papers appeared in his list, which was in turn linked from Google.
I have modified Edgar’s original script to bring it to what passes in my mind for being up-to-date. This post describes the filtering script and gives instructions for running it yourself, should that be desirable, or for modifying it to your own taste, should it not. (more…)