The WikiPhil Portal: visualizing meaningful philosophical connections

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The WikiPhil Portal: visualizing meaningful philosophical connections
Authors: Sofia J. Athenikos, Xia Lin
Citation: Journal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science 1 (1): missing pages. 2009
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Link(s): https://letterpress.uchicago.edu/index.php/jdhcs/article/download/5/60
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The WikiPhil Portal: visualizing meaningful philosophical connections describes a study with extraction of data about philosophers from Wikipedia.

A web service displaying the results is described in the paper called the 'The WikiPhil Portal'. However, the given URL reports an error: http://research.cis.drexel.edu:8080/sofia/WPS/

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[edit] Methods

Extraction of names and URL from Wikipedia pages about Western philosophers, and represents links in a network structure, to count number of out-links and in-links, bidirectional links, "influence-by" out- and in-links.

They use the Prefuse information visualization toolkit for network visualizations.

For thinning the graph (graph simplification) the use what they refer to as "Strongest Link Paths".

[edit] Data

330 philosophers (pages) with 3706 links. Not all of these philosophers had the "influence by"/"influence" field set in the infobox.

[edit] Related papers

  1. Visualizing intellectual connections among philosophers using the hyperlink & semantic data from Wikipedia (Their conference paper from WikiSym with similar results)

[edit] Critique

  1. They claim that the network of links between philosophers exhibits power law-like pattern. There is no test of that and the data is not even shown in a double-logarithmic plot.
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