The WikiPhil Portal: visualizing meaningful philosophical connections

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The WikiPhil Portal: visualizing meaningful philosophical connections
Authors: Sofia J. Athenikos, Xia Lin [edit item]
Citation: Journal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science 1 (1): . 2009. The University of Chicago.
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The WikiPhil Portal: visualizing meaningful philosophical connections is a publication by Sofia J. Athenikos, Xia Lin.


[edit] Abstract

Philosophy, 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.

[edit] Research questions

"1) 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)?"

Research details

Topics: Ranking and clustering systems [edit item]
Domains: Philosophy and ethics [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: [edit item]
Research design: Mathematical modeling [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

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Athenikos and Lin {2009} extracted links between Western philosopher pages to count in- and out-links as well as for visualization of the network. With the 330 pages and 3706 links examined they used the Prefuse toolkit for network visualization and also employed graph simplification.The researchers furthermore analyzed the influence network obtained from "influenced by" and "influenced" fields of the infoboxes on the philosophers Wikipedia pages. This data showed that Kant has influenced the largest number of other philosophers listed in Wikipedia.

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AbstractPhilosophy, 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 teamYes +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2BWikiPhil%2BPortal%3A%2Bvisualizing%2Bmeaningful%2Bphilosophical%2Bconnections%22 +
Has authorSofia J. Athenikos + and Xia Lin +
Has domainPhilosophy and ethics +
Has topicRanking and clustering systems +
Issue1 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inJournal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science +
PublisherThe University of Chicago +
Research designMathematical modeling +
Research questions1) 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)?
Revid10,962 +
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleThe WikiPhil Portal: visualizing meaningful philosophical connections
Unit of analysisArticle +
Urlhttps://letterpress.uchicago.edu/index.php/jdhcs/article/download/5/60 +
Volume1 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2009 +