Historical network mapping: cluster info and different outputs.

ForumHistorical network mapping: cluster info and different outputs.
matias.milia asked 2 months ago

Hi, I am analysing the historical evolution of a network using time periods to build three different maps. To further understand the inner structure of each period and each cluster, I am trying to gain access to the cluster info. Nevertheless, I can’t find this details (cluster name and the term list that is related to each cluster) in the information that the script produces.
To gain access to this details I thought I would query the corpus to build three different set of data, one for each period. In practice this had to shortcomings:

Have you got any clues on what is going on here? May be I am being too picky about this, from a general perspective the ideas do not differ so much. But, anyways, some clusters appear connected through different words and have been set at different distances. Then, I get the feeling that there is something I don’t seem to be getting.
Thanks in advance!

1 Answers
Jean-Philippe Cointet Staff answered 2 months ago

Dear Matias, 
I just had a look to query script and made some changes such that temporal time field appears as Time Steps in the form (and not ISIpubdate) and Periods (instead of ISIpubdate_custom). It should make things easier in the future although it is not the explanation for the bug you observed.
I tested it and in my case selecting  Periods as the target field for my query and typing  data =’2′  worked very well.
I assume you may have an issue in the way period slicer operated. Have you checked the log of this script to actually verufy the number of periods that were created ? 
Regarding the second issue. Do you mean that producing three different maps from a different sub-corpus yields a different outcome than generating three temporal maps ?
If so, it is probably because the automatic thresholding will adapt precisely to each map in one case, and adopt the smallest threshold that guarantee that the network is “connected” in the other case. So networks are not comparable. 

matias.milia replied 2 months ago

(regarding the FIRST question)
Period slicer says, that has ‘ correctly finished ‘ .
Also, I manage so see with ‘corpus explorer’ that at the ‘Pubdate_Cu’ (Custom Pub Date) field everything is ok. The value is correctly set at ‘2’.
2018-11-05 22:13:13 INFO : Period Slicer Started
2018-11-05 22:13:13 INFO :
Period slices definition:
Enter a custom time partition: ‘[1991:2000];[2001:2007];[2008:2016]’

2018-11-05 22:13:15 INFO : Creating time slices according to this time division: [‘1991_2000’, ‘2001_2007’, ‘2008_2016’]
2018-11-05 22:13:17 INFO : New Time table ISIpubdate_custom created
2018-11-05 22:13:17 INFO : Period Slicer correctly finished

matias.milia replied 2 months ago

Regarding the SECOND question: Do you mean that producing three different maps from a different sub-corpus yields a different outcome than generating three temporal maps ?

Answer: I am sorry, I think I didn’t explain myself right. I have two networks, both analyse the same period from the same database. One is made with the ‘Network mapping’ using the periods detected with ‘Time Period’ and constructed with ‘Period slicer’. The other is done by using a specific database for the same period that was queried using ‘query corpus’. Both networks should be representing the same (or so I though), using the same term_list, the same number of nodes and using ‘louvain’ algorithm to build the clusters.

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