'On the Shoulders of Giants', Analysis of a Social Network of Intellectual Influence

Raji Ghawi, Cindarella Petz, Jurgen Pfeffer

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Abstract

Intellectuals, scholars, philosophers, writers, and scientists, and their work are embedded in a long history of ideas. These traditions disseminated and diffused over a long history spanning from Greek-Roman antiquity to recent times. But how did those lines of traditions and influence of thoughts develop over the ages? How did intellectuals influence each other? What is the most far-reaching impact of influence, as well as who are the most immediate influencing, and the most influenced by other intellectuals in history? To answer these types of questions, we mined a network of influence among over 12 thousand intellectuals, from YAGO, a pioneering data source of Linked Open Data. We conducted several essential types of social network analysis, concerning connectivity, degree distribution, prestige (influence), and importance (centrality). We studied the diffusion dynamics of influence by analyzing the influence cascades in terms of size, depth and breadth. One interesting finding is the identification of two major, disjoint categories of small and large cascades of influence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 6th International Conference on Social Networks Analysis, Management and Security, SNAMS 2019
EditorsMohammad Alsmirat, Yaser Jararweh
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages248-255
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728129464
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event6th International Conference on Social Networks Analysis, Management and Security, SNAMS 2019 - Granada, Spain
Duration: 22 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

Publication series

Name2019 6th International Conference on Social Networks Analysis, Management and Security, SNAMS 2019

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Social Networks Analysis, Management and Security, SNAMS 2019
Country/TerritorySpain
CityGranada
Period22/10/1925/10/19

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