Best Plugin for Scientific Literature Research?

Alright, I’m continuing to work on my paper discovery plugin. It’s absolutely not anywhere near ready for primetime, but I thought you might be interested in an update and I would be curious to see how you would rate these results compared to before.

For the query,

Please provide me a paper that explain the history of cattle-farming in Brazil.

The response I am getting now looks something like this,

Paper Journal Year Synopsis
The value of improved pastures to Brazilian beef production Crop and Pasture Science 2014 Improved pastures are a major asset in Brazil not only for the beef production chain but also for the dairy industry, and Brazil is the main seed exporter, supplying all Latin American countries.
A survey of management practices that influence production and welfare of dairy cattle on family farms in southern Brazil. Journal of Dairy Science 2013 Welfare and production problems were common to farming systems, mainly subclinical mastitis and tick infestations, which affected one-third of cows, deficiencies in the provision of drinking water and shade, and poor hygiene practices during milking.
Dung beetle diversity and functions suggest no major impacts of cattle grazing in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands Ecological Entomology 2019 The impact of cattle grazing on the Pantanal’s native dung beetle community, and functions performed by them, is still unknown.
Brazilian beef cattle feedlot manure management: a country survey. Journal of Animal Science 2013 The manure management evaluated in this study represents an important indirect economic benefit that was represented by decreased use of synthetic fertilizers in crops, however, little attention was given to the specific treatments and environmental impacts of handling manure.
Improve Pasture or Feed Grain? Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Profitability, and Resource Use for Nelore Beef Cattle in Brazil’s Cerrado and Amazon Biomes Animals 2020 The Integrated Farm System Model was evaluated using production, economic, and weather data collected on two cooperating farms in the Legal Amazon and Cerrado biomes in the Midwest state of Mato Grosso, Brazil to assess the importance of sustainably intensifying Brazil’s cattle industry on existing agricultural land.
Isolation and molecular characterization of Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar Hardjo strain Hardjobovis in the urine of naturally infected cattle in Brazil. Genetics and Molecular Research 2016 The aim of this study was to report the first isolation in Brazil of two strains serovar Hardjo obtained in urine samples from naturally infected cows in a small Brazilian dairy herd and find the genetic species and consequently the type strain Hardjobovis by molecular characterization.
Risk factors for Toxoplasma gondii infection in sheep and cattle from Fernando de Noronha Island, Brazil. Revista brasileira de parasitologia veterinaria = Brazilian journal of veterinary parasitology : Orgao Oficial do Colegio Brasileiro de Parasitologia Veterinaria 2016 A significant difference in the prevalence rates in sheep and cattle raised in this insular environment was revealed and the site of contact of sheep with felines was a risk factor.
Bovine respiratory disease complex associated mortality and morbidity rates in feedlot cattle from southeastern Brazil. Journal of Infection in Developing Countries 2017 It is indicated that BRD contributed significantly to the development of mortality and morbidity of cattle on feed and the economic effects due to BRD-associated morbidity in Brazil were $6.31 million/annum.
Degraded pastures in Brazil: improving livestock production and forest restoration Royal Society Open Science 2021 Regional identification of degraded pastures would facilitate the targeting of agricultural extension and advisory services and rural credit efforts aimed at fostering pasture recovery, and more efficient allocation of degraded and native pastures for meat production and forest restoration.
Selection for Test-Day Milk Yield and Thermotolerance in Brazilian Holstein Cattle Animals 2021 The objectives were to identify the best model for characterizing environmental sensitivity in Holstein cattle, using the test-day milk yield (TDMY) combined with the temperature–humidity index (THI), and identify sires genetically superior for heat-stress tolerance and milk yield, through random regression.

If you have any feedback, please share it.

I feel it’s not really grokking the idea of a single paper discussing the history of cattle farming in Brazil, but I don’t know there necessarily is one like that.


Can you provide me three papers about the agroecological conditions in Argentina?
Paper Journal Year Synopsis
Mountain farmers’ intangible values foster agroecological landscapes: case studies from Sierra Santa Victoria in northwest Argentina and the Ladin Dolomites, northern Italy Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 2020 NA
Co-inquiry in agroecology research with farmers: transdisciplinary co-creation of contextualized and actionable knowledge Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 2022 NA
Mapping and Characterizing the Green Belt of Córdoba: Land Dynamics and the Urban-Rural Transformation Process Journal of Agronomy Research 2019 NA
Global agri‐food chains in times of COVID‐19: The state, agribusiness, and agroecology in Argentina Journal of Agrarian Change 2021 A full understanding of agribusiness’ strategies needs to address the changes brought about by the pandemic on peasant‐like farmers and rural workers, the alternatives they have developed and the extent to which local expressions of this antagonism are being reshaped.
Changing Conditions for Local Food Actors to Operate Towards Agroecology During the COVID-19 Pandemic Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 2022 NA
Assessing farmer perceptions on livestock intensification and associated trade‐offs using fuzzy cognitive maps; a study in mixed farming systems in the mid‐hills of Nepal Systems research and behavioral science 2022 NA
White spatial politics in mainstream agroecology activism in Argentina Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 2022 NA
Avian Biodiversity and Frugivory in an Agroecological Cherry Orchard in The Pampas Region of Argentina Ardeola (Madrid) 2022 NA
La producción agroecológica como alternativa al agronegocio. Narrativas de una experiencia en Junín (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Revista Murciana de Antropología 2022 NA
[School Agroecology and health-related quality of life to adolescents] Revista de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas 2018 It was evidenced that the implementation of school agroecology can provide resolutive contributions to some of the problems the health related quality of life of adolescents.
Can you provide me a paper that evaluates the impact of cattle-farming on the environment in Brazil?
Paper Journal Year Synopsis
Intensification of cattle ranching production systems: socioeconomic and environmental synergies and risks in Brazil. Animal 2014 It is argued that sustainable intensification of pasturelands in Brazil is a viable way to increase agricultural output while simultaneously sparing land for nature, and that animal welfare is not compromised.
Temporal fluctuations in Amazonian deforestation rates Environmental Conservation 2008 NA
Mapping the cattle industry in Brazil’s most dynamic cattle-ranching state: Slaughterhouses in Mato Grosso, 1967-2016 PLoS ONE 2019 This study analyzed the opening and closing of 133 plants between 1967 and 2016 in Mato Grosso and estimated the geographic locations and slaughter volumes by triangulating across multiple data sources including a registry of 21 million companies, government records of three million slaughter transactions, and high resolution satellite imagery.
Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Beef Cattle Production in Brazil through Animal Management Sustainability 2021 NA
Evaluation of environmental parameters in a microregion in southern Amazonas State, Brazil, and their relationship with heat stress in dairy cattle Ciência Animal Brasileira 2022 NA
Patterns of production and sustainability of cattle ranching in the state of Pará - Brazilian Amazon Semina: Ciências Agrárias 2022 NA
Emergent Research Themes on Sustainability in the Beef Cattle Industry in Brazil: An Integrative Literature Review Sustainability 2023 NA
Socioeconomic, Environmental, and Institutional Determinants of Cattle Ranching in the State of Pará, Brazilian Amazon Journal of Agricultural Studies 2022 NA
PSVIII-19 Greenhouse gas emissions from beef cattle production in Brazil: how we can mitigate from animal operations? Journal of Animal Science 2021 NA
Impact of environmentally friendly technologies on costs and cost-effectiveness of a dairy cattle confinement system Semina: Ciências Agrárias 2021 NA

Yup, I think you need to find an ideal question to ask, find a paper that exemplifies a great solution and create a question that you would expect the AI to find it from, then see how close it gets.

Right now, you don’t know if the list is as good as it gets or if it’s missed a humdinger of a perfect find.

A bit late to the party here, but I’m also running my own “research plugin” homebrew thing. What I’m doing for testing is: ask for facts from papers I’ve already been though, that way I have some sort of idea if the plugin is doing what it’s supposed to

Ewww gross! A member. :wink::rofl:

That’s pretty cool though @N2U! Right now my homebrew plugin is focused on discoverability of papers.

After that I plan on tackling probing the papers (once I get a good PDF-to-LaTeX solution working for equations and algorithms).

I’ll definitely be knocking on your door when I get there though!

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Can you elaborate on what this means in this context?

How do you quantify discoverability?

Basically, I’m trying to improve the search for relevant (and important and recent, etc) papers given a query.

Basically natural language query to identify papers which are likely to be relevant, then score them based on how recent they are, where they were published, who the authors are, number of citations, etc.

Then, once I have a list of good candidates papers I am looking at all of their citations and references, evaluating them for relevance to the original prompt and scoring those. Then rank everything and return information on the top n papers.

I’m also toying with summarizing abstracts to hopefully make scanning through the results quicker and easier.

I know it’s a lot of re-inventing the wheel but all of the existing plugins for finding academic papers have left me underwhelmed.

It’s okay to reinvent the wheel, but what’s the underwhelming part?

I’ve tried this:

It didn’t work as well as I hoped, I think it’s because abstracts are already a summarized version of the research, and they’ll loose some of the context, that your query was originally looking for when summarized again.

All of the plugins for finding works seem to do some kind of rather naive keyword search. Just in general I’ve not been able to get them to surface good or interesting papers.

Oh, I think I wasn’t clear. At this point I’m not sending the summarized abstract to the models (I’m not really putting anything into the models yet). I’m just producing lists of papers for me to actually read the old fashioned way. The summarized abstracts are for me to try to quickly decide if I want to read the paper or not.

Mine also looks like it’s just doing a simple keyword search, but that’s just because I believe it makes it easier for chatGPT to understand how to use it.

That may also be the case with the other plugins, I don’t know, can only speak for myself

Ahh, yeah then it makes more sense, I would still read the original abstract over the summary, but I have had some success with using gpt to simplify abstracts for easier readability :laughing:

Of course, mine too. I’m taking about the results I see looking like it’s a very simple keyword search.

Regardless, it’s just a little pet project I’m doing to build a plugin. I don’t anticipate publishing it.

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