Visualising Virtual Communities: From Erdős to the Arts

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Bowen, JP and Wilson, R (2012). Visualising Virtual Communities: From Erdős to the Arts. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012). London, UK, 10 - 12 Jul 2012 London South Bank University.
AuthorsBowen, JP and Wilson, R
Abstract

Monitoring communities has become increasingly easy on the web as the number of visualisation tools and amount of data available about communities increase. It is possible to visualise connections on social and professional networks such as Facebook in the form of mathematical graphs. It is also possible to visualise connections between authors of papers. In particular, Microsoft Academic Search now has a large corpus of information on publications, together with author and citation information, that can be visualised in a number of ways. In mathematical circles, the concept of the "Erd\H{o}s number" has been introduced, in honour of the Hungarian mathematician Paul Erd\H{o}s, measuring the "collaborative distance" of a person away from Erd\H{o}s through links by co-author. Similar metrics have been proposed in other fields, including acting. The possibility of exploring and visualising such links in arts fields is proposed in this paper.

Year2012
JournalIn Stuart Dunn, Jonathan P. Bowen, and Kia Ng (eds.), EVA London 2012 Conference Proceedings, Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC), British Computer Society, 2012, pages 238-244
PublisherLondon South Bank University
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Publication dates
Print10 Jul 2012
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Deposited10 Apr 2017
Accepted10 Jul 2012
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