Merging Keywords

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When I started this post I received this message.

"We found 2071 similar conversations Do any of these match what you're looking for?"

Oh, good.  It's been answered already. NOPE!  My idea is to include a "Merge Keywords" button or and option in edit page that will list all the keywords with check-boxes to select those words that should be merged and to chose the most appropriate keyword to keep, deleting all the others after being merged.  It could even suggest other active similar keywords to be included in the merge but not linked to that title.

This was inspired when I checked out the keywords for Becoming Astrid (2018).  Many of the keywords were redundant:

These could be merged into one keyword, maybe two.
older man attracted to younger woman
younger girl older man
older man younger girl relationship
older man young girl relationship
older man young woman relationship
older man young girl romance
older man young woman
older man younger girl
older man younger woman relationship


These may or may not be included in the above.  Your ideas?
old young relationship
young girl seduces older man


I separated these because a sexual relationship could be separate from a non-sexual one, but these should be merged into a separate keyword from those above.
older man younger woman sex
older man younger girl sex
lder man has sex with young woman
older man young girl sex
older man teenage girl sex


I didn't look up similar keywords that were not used for this title.  Maybe I should have, but I didn't know what to search for, that would give keywords not listed already.









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Gord Beacock

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Nick Burfle

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Question: is there perhaps a good reason why there are so many arrangements of what seems like a single concept; for example, people searching for movies via keywords might have a lot more trouble finding them if they had to guess the one merged format?  I suspect most searches don't have sophisticated AI to check for alternate formats.
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Vincent Fournols

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Good point.

My understanding of the proposed idea is to retain the corresponding keyword but leading to the same film list.
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Nick Burfle

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Ah.  That would make sense.
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Peter, Champion

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We do have this previous thread, but I like your ideas for implementation.
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...
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Nick Burfle

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If this is done, and we search using an old variant, or something similar, is IMDb's look-up table smart enough to find the film that now has the new, merged keyword?  Or do we have to try 20 variations until we hit upon the right one?

I understand the annoyance that the suggestion is trying to fix, but I'm not sure it won't cause more problems.
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If you use the keyword search in the search bar (or here) you will get various close or not-so-close matches, but hopefully not old ones that don't exist anymore.

The converse problem of what you describe is just as bad: if you look at a title's keywords and click older-man-young-woman-relationship to see other titles with that topic, you only get 4 results, not the 1200+ listed for older-man-younger-woman-relationship.
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Peter, Champion

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Also, we can already request that keywords are merged, but only through this forum or the contact form, which is not very efficient.

Some contributors manually merge keywords by correcting each listing, which is also not very efficient.
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Nick Burfle

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That will certainly eliminate the recurring dilemma of which keywords to rate as "relevant" for a given title.  If automated merging is allowed, will the relevance counts be added, as well?
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Jeorj Euler

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I've suggested that the keyword system be object oriented with set theory applications.
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Bradley Kent

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Could you expand on this.  I'm not sure what you mean.