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From: infom@bcci.bg [mailto:infom@bcci.bg]

>Too good that culture is much more difficult to dissect.

It isn't an intractable problem.  See the email copied 
below from the CG list by John Sowa, a noted authority 
in AI and ontologies.



From: John F. Sowa [mailto:sowa@bestweb.net]

A program called PieSpy was designed to monitor social
networks on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and draw diagrams
of who was interacting with whom.  Then somebody had
the bright idea of feeding the plays of Shakespeare
to the program (since each line of dialog is nicely
tagged with the speaker's name, just as in IRC).

The result is in a scene-by-scene diagram of
the social interactions among the characters.
The attached diagram shows the social network
for Act II, Scene II, of Antony and Cleopatra.

For more information, complete with animated diagrams
that show the evolution of the social networks from
scene to scene, see

    Shakespeare Social Networks

For more information about the PieSpy software
(written in Java and free for downloads), see

    PieSpy - Inferring and Visualizing Social Networks

There are all sorts of other applications that one
could imagine.  With a bit of preprocessing of the
source data, PieSpy could be used to draw social
networks from cc lists on email, bibliographies
of documents, etc.

And the nodes of the diagrams don't have to represent
people.  They could also represent selected terms
in Peirce's manuscripts -- showing how the different
terms were related from one document to the next.
Other applications could include parts of machines,
concepts in an ontology, or companies in business.

John Sowa


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