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The Graph Of Ideas

The Graph Of Ideas
Update: Graph has now been made interactive. I was originally put onto network visualisation by Simon Raper by his fantastic post graphing the history of philosophy. I’ve learned a lot in the last week and decided to be ambitious. I wanted to see what the entire network would look like – with everyone on Wikipedia. Well, everyone with an infobox containing ‘influences’ and/or ‘influenced by’. For those unfamiliar to this work please see his post first – even if it is just for the pictures! For those new to these types of graphs: the node size represents the number of connections. Method First I queried Snorql and retrieved every person who had a registered ‘influence’ or registered ‘influenced by’ value (restricted to people only so if they were influenced by ‘anime’, they were excluded).I then decoded these using a neat little URL decoder and imported them into Microsoft Excel for further processing (removing things like ‘(Musician)’ and other similar syntax). Caveats The Future The Network

http://griffsgraphs.com/2012/07/03/graphing-every-idea-in-history/

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