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The WikiPhil Portal: visualizing meaningful philosophical connections
Abstract Philosophy, dating back at least to approxPhilosophy, dating back at least to approximately 600 BC, is one of the oldest of all academic disciplines and is, in particular, one of the core disciplines in the humanities. Partly due to its long history, and partly due to the nature of the discipline itself, the domain of philosophy presents a rich conceptual and intellectual network of philosophers and corresponding philosophical concepts, ideas, and doctrines. Wikipedia is an open-access, multilingual, collaborative Web encyclopedia project. Since its inception in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly to become one of the most frequently sought resources on the Web. Correspondingly, an increasing number of computer science researchers have explored various ways to exploit Wikipedia as a source of a vast amount of lexical, semantic, and world knowledge for various natural language processing, text mining, information retrieval, and knowledge engineering applications. The main objective of the ongoing project, entitled The WikiPhil Portal, is to extract, analyze, and visualize meaningful and interesting connections among philosophers and philosophical concepts via the automatic processing of the hyperlink structure and the semantic content of Wikipedia articles. By doing so, we aim at creating a useful and user-friendly portal for researchers and students of philosophy as well as the general interested public, thereby contributing to the cause of digital humanities. Here we report on the initial results we have obtained by extracting data concerning the hyperlink connections and influence relations involving 330 philosophers, with a focus on interactive visualization of the results. interactive visualization of the results.
Added by wikilit team Yes  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Sofia J. Athenikos + , Xia Lin +
Has domain Philosophy and ethics +
Has topic Ranking and clustering systems +
Issue 1  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Journal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science +
Publisher The University of Chicago +
Research design Mathematical modeling  +
Research questions 1) What kinds of network structures emerge1) What kinds of network structures emerge from the information extracted from Wikipedia pages for philosophers (and philosophical concepts)? 2) How well do those structures represent the intellectual (and semantic) relationships among philosophers (and philosophical concepts)? 3) How can the information be effectively presented so as to facilitate discovery and exploration of the connections among philosophers (and philosophical concepts)?philosophers (and philosophical concepts)?
Revid 10,962  +
Theory type Analysis  +
Title The WikiPhil Portal: visualizing meaningful philosophical connections
Unit of analysis Article  +
Url  +
Volume 1  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 19 November 2012 14:15:21  +
Categories Ranking and clustering systems  + , Philosophy and ethics  + , Publications with missing theories  + , Publications with missing conclusion  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:35  +
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