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Social and Semantic Coevolution in Knowledge Networks

Roth, Camille and Cointet, Jean-Philippe (2010) Social and Semantic Coevolution in Knowledge Networks Social Networks, 32 (1). ISSN 03788733

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Abstract

Socio-semantic networks involve agents creating and processing information: com- munities of scientists, software developers, wiki contributors and webloggers are, among others, examples of such knowledge networks. We aim at demonstrating that the dynam- ics of these communities can be adequately described as the coevolution of a social and a socio-semantic network. More precisely, we will first introduce a theoretical frame- work based on a social network and a socio-semantic network, i.e. an epistemic network featuring agents, concepts and links between agents and between agents and concepts. Adopting a relevant empirical protocol, we will then describe the joint dynamics of social and socio-semantic structures, at both macroscopic and microscopic scales, emphasizing the remarkable stability of these macroscopic properties in spite of a vivid local, agent- based network dynamics.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published in: Social Networks, 32(1):16-29, 2010. Copyright © Elsevier
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Sociology > Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS)
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:42
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/1563

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