Network Dynamics, Plot Analysis: Approaching the Progressive Structuration of Literary Texts
A “Network Analysis” section was arranged at the XVIIIth Interna- tional Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development at the Higher School of Economics on 11–12 April 2017. For the third year, this section invited scholars from sociology, political science, management, mathematics, and linguistics who use network analysis in their research projects. During the sessions, speakers discussed the development of mathematical models used in network analysis, studies of collaboration and communication networks, networks’ in- uence on individual attributes, identifcation of latent relationships and regularities, and application of network analysis for the study of concept networks.
The speakers in this section were E. V. Artyukhova (HSE), G. V. Gra- doselskaya (HSE), M. Е. Erofeeva (HSE), D. G. Zaitsev (HSE), S. A. Isaev (Adidas), V. A. Kalyagin (HSE), I. A. Karpov (HSE), A. P. Koldanov (HSE), I. I. Kuznetsov (HSE), S. V. Makrushin (Fi- nancial University), V. D. Matveenko (HSE), A. A. Milekhina (HSE), S. P. Moiseev (HSE), Y. V. Priestley (HSE), A. V. Semenov (HSE), I. B. Smirnov (HSE), D. A. Kharkina (HSE, St. Petersburg), C. F. Fey (Aalto University School of Business), and F. López-Iturriaga (Uni- versity of Valladolid).
Conference proceedings of DH2017.
Of late, the network analysis of literary texts has grown into an independent research field of digital literary studies. Since analysing the network structure of unique texts promises just marginal results, the perspective should shift towards a ‘distant reading’ of hundreds or thousands of texts. In this paper, we describe how the process of formalising literary data is facilitated by machine-readable corpora comprising hundreds of dramatic texts in several languages. Taking a corpus of roughly 500 German-language dramas as an example, we demonstrate how the calculation of network metrics and visualisations can deliver new material for interpretation and offer new insights into the evolution of drama.
Das Projekt ‘Digitale Netzwerkanalyse dramatischer Texte’ steht in der Tradition strukturanalytischer Ans¨atze in der Literaturwissenschaft (allgemein Titzmann 1977), die es einerseits im Sinne eines konsequent netzwerkanalytischen Relationismus (mit Rekurs auf die Social Network Analysis, siehe u. a. Wasserman/Faust 1998), andererseits unterstutzt durch Verfahren der automatisierten ¨ Datenerhebung und -auswertung weiterentwickelt, um sie auf gr¨oßere Textkorpora anzuwenden und so umfassende relationale Daten uber Prozesse des literaturgeschichtlichen Strukturwandels ¨ gewinnen zu k¨onnen.
The problem of link prediction gathered a lot of attention in the last few years, arising in dierent applications ranging from recommendation systems to social networks. In this paper, we will describe the most popular similarity indices, compare their performance in their ability to show links with the highest probability of being removed from initial network and describe the approach that allows to use them to predict missing links using supervised machine learning. We will show the accuracy of prediction of this method on examples of real networks.
The conference has a three-fold focus: to introduce recent advances in Russia, to make international research known to the Russian DH community, and contribute to developing the Russian DH Network, a Partner Organization to the European Association of Digital Humanities. The conference will cover a wide range of topics in digital humanities.