Published Yet Never Done: The Tension Between Projection and Completion in Digital Humanities Research

Susan Brown, Patricia Clements, Isobel Grundy, Stan Ruecker, Jeffrey Antoniuk, Sharon Balazs

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Abstract

To comprehend the multipartite organization of large-scale biological and social systems, we introduce an information theoretic approach that reveals community structure in weighted and directed networks. We use the probability flow of random walks on a network as a proxy for information flows in the real system and decompose the network into modules by compressing a description of the probability flow. The result is a map that both simplifies and highlights the regularities in the structure and their relationships. We illustrate the method by making a map of scientific communication as captured in the citation patterns of >6,000 journals. We discover a multicentric organization with fields that vary dramatically in size and degree of integration into the network of science. Along the backbone of the networkincluding physics, chemistry, molecular biology, and medicineinformation flows bidirectionally, but the map reveals a directional pattern of citation from the applied fields to the basic sciences.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1118-1123
Number of pages6
JournalDigital Humanities Quarterly
Volume3
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009

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