NK News
Database of North Korean Propaganda
STALIN Documentation

STALIN is NK News' own custom-built search engine, used to parse through a mind-numbing amount of KCNA propaganda. Below are explanations of the various search fields.

Keywords

STALIN is case-insensitive. It searchs for a match in either the title or the body of the articles. Legal characters include all alphnumeric characters, dashes, commas, periods, and single and double quotations. (The advanced mode of STALIN also allows for some wildcard characters, dicussed below.) All keywords must be a minimum of three characters long. If the search string is a phrase, keywords within the phrase can be less than three characters long (e.g. "Kim Jong Il"). Use the buttons "ANY", "ALL" and "EXACT PHRASE" to choose the Boolean logic for your search. There is no need to add connecting words or characters such as "AND" or "OR" within the Keyword field itself; they will be treated as literal keywords. Also, for the exact phrase search, do not enclosed the phrase in quotations (unless you want the quotation marks to be a literal part of the phrase, such as the KCNA's oft-repeated phrase "human rights").

Date Range & Language

You can probably figure these out for yourself.

Format Search Results - Article List or Bargraph

You can either have the resulting articles displayed to you as a list...or you can bargraph the occurance of all articles matching your search by month using STALIN's graphical barchart tool. Each bar in the graph shows all articles that match your search for that month (as opposed to the total occurances of keywords or phrases). All bar lengths are relative to the length of the month with the maximum value, which is 100%, so the bargraph displays the montly results relative to each other. You can switch easily between the two forms of output without having to perform a new search.

Search Mode - Simple & Advanced

STALIN works in two modes, simple and advanced.

Simple mode is a fast character-string search. It simply searchs for any string of characters matching your keywords or phrases. Querys typically take less than a second.

sophist sophist
Find
sophists
Find
sophistry
Find
unsophisticated
Find
sophism
Miss
human rights human rights Find
"human rights" Find
"human rights" human rights Miss
"human rights" Find

Advanced mode is more powerful and flexible. It's also much more slow (typically 10 seconds per keyword or phrase). Advanced mode allows the use of some wildcard characters, which are especially useful in accounting for Korean-English (and Spanish) transliteration problems. You can also force whole word boundaries in advanced mode. Wildcards are as follows:

? - any one character
* - any one character, or no character at all
% - 'hook' that forces beginning or end of keyword or phrase to become boundary of whole word

Kim Yo?ng Sam Kim Young Sam
Find
Kim Yo2ng Sam
Find
Kim Yong Sam Miss
Kim Yo*ng Sam Kim Young Sam
Find
Kim Yo2ng Sam
Find
Kim Yong Sam
Find
art art Find
part Find
party Find
art% art Find
part Find
party Miss
%art% art Find
part Miss
party Miss
%human rights% human rights Find
"human rights" Miss
%sophis?% sophist
Find
sophism
Find
sophists Miss
sophistry Miss
unsophisticated Miss