map of scientific paradigms

A snapshot of a representation of scientific paradigms — click here to view the full poster.  Looks like the orgtheory sweet spot (topically — well, we’ve probably mused about everything on the map) is somewhere around the nine, ten o’clock area.

The map “was constructed by sorting roughly 800,000 scientific papers into 776 different scientific paradigms (shown as red and blue circular nodes) based on how often the papers were cited together by authors of other papers. Links (curved lines) were made between the paradigms that shared common members, then treated as rubber bands, holding similar paradigms closer to one another when a physical simulation forced them all apart: thus the layout derives directly from the data. Larger paradigms have more papers. Labels list common words unique to each paradigm.” More details here.

Written by teppo

September 27, 2008 at 2:58 am

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  1. Interesting, this is a co-citation matrix.

    Equally interesting would be a matrix based on shared use of language, especially to find the disciplines that use the same words in two different ways, or that use different words to mean almost but not quite the same thing. Not that there’s any of that going on.


    Edward Vielmetti

    October 1, 2008 at 8:16 pm

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