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AuthorMap: Arts and Humanities
AuthorMap explores author relationships through co-citation patterns. The assumption
is that if two authors are often cited together by many other authors, these two authors likely have common intellectual
interest in their research and writing. When many related authors' pair-wise co-citation patterns are explored,
we will have a map of a subject domain where authors on the map represent ideas or subtopics as well as their relationships.
AuthorMap currently attaches to ISI Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), 1988-1997, about 1.26 million
When an author search is conducted, AuthorMap generates a list of 25 authors co-cited
most often with the given author. The user then can choose to interact with two types of maps that visualize how
these author related to each other based on their co-citation counts. One map is based on Kohone's self-organizing
feature map (SOM), the other is based on Path Finder Network(PFNET). Both maps are generated within seconds. Both
maps allow the user to drag the names on the maps and drop them to a search box to activate an automatic search
by the underlying search engine. The following is an example author map for "PLATO."