I am working on an research app that allows user to specify topics that he is interested in. Say the user is interested in Sports. I have built a filter, that automatically classifies news articles into two categories:

  • Useful Articles (Remaining articles) -- lists articles from the topic that the user is interested in
  • Useless Articles (Filtered articles) -- all the leftover articles

Can you suggest a nice term for Remaining articles ? Or better terms for both filtered, remaining articles ?

Edit 1: By useless I mean a subject that I am not interested in.

Edit 2: I will be using these two terms on my website in a dropdown menu so that people can select whether they want to see Useless articles or Useful articles.

Edit 3: The secrecy behind useful wasn't intentional

  • t depends on what you mean by useless. Does it mean poorly written? Does it mean it contains a subject that doesn't interest you? What criteria do you use to perform the filtering? There could be many terms, essential-inessential? pertinent-irrelevant? Please give some context. – chasly from UK Nov 4 '15 at 22:17
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    By "nice," do you mean that you will be telling the authors of the "useless" articles that you categorized their articles this way, and that you want to break the news gently? Or do you just mean you want a good term for this? – Nathaniel is protesting Nov 4 '15 at 22:39
  • Just modified the question – The Wanderer Nov 4 '15 at 22:47
  • I think you need to reveal the attributes of 'useful' articles. – Dan Nov 4 '15 at 22:51
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    The 2 options may be "Selected topics" and "Unselected topics". – Graffito Nov 4 '15 at 23:13

Articles that meet the user's criteria: relevant articles

Articles that fail to meet to user's criteria are therefore not relevant articles; depending on the context, they might also be called irrelevant, non-relevant, or, as suggested by sumelic, other.

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    Or maybe just "other articles" – herisson Nov 4 '15 at 23:57

Try matched vs unmatched.

Matched from thefreedictionary.com (v.tr.):

  1. To find or produce a counterpart to

I like "filtrate" for the remaining USEFUL articles. (Although it seems terribly geeky outside of the scientific community, I thought of "elution" for the original hodge-podge of articles. The filtering process is then the "eluent," leaving you with the "residue" and the filtrate, but I'm that kind of geek, so ...)

  • Nice, but a count noun would fit better, I suspect. Non-count filtrate is the result of filtering a (non-count) substance. Perhaps we should be speaking of screens rather than filters. – phoog Nov 4 '15 at 23:20

found articles, matching articles, and search hits all refer to articles that match the filter predicates (criteria).

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