An Approach to Incorporate Texts into a Social Network Analysis of Communication Graphs

Angela Bohn, Ingo Feinerer, Kurt Hornik, Patrick Mair

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWU Working Paper


Social network analysis (SNA) provides tools to examine relationships between people. Text mining (TM) allows capturing the text they produce in Web 2.0 applications, for example, however it neglects their social structure. This paper applies an approach to combine the two methods named "content-based SNA" (CB-SNA). Using the R mailing lists, R-help and R-devel, we show how this combination can be used to describe people's interests and to find out if authors who have similar interests actually communicate. We find that the expected positive relationship between sharing interests and communicating gets stronger as the centrality scores of authors in the communication networks increase.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

Publication series

NameResearch Report Series / Department of Statistics and Mathematics

WU Working Paper Series

  • Research Report Series / Department of Statistics and Mathematics

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