Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science
Mar 16, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes


You don't want to miss this - at the very least, view the image of the map of the sciences. And I'm really chuckling to myself over this. Because I was reading recently a post that characterized the whole 'Unity of Science' project from Logical Positivism as being so over - and it is. The reductive program based on underlying general principles (Gardner Campbell, are you reading?) was a complete failure - but now here is the unity of the sciences, in a full colour diagram, as a network of connected data, observations and concepts. Of course, this study only analyzes journal publications, resulting in a small and naive under-representation of science. But it still tells the story. Total: 2547
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Re: Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science

If only I could have a clickstream of my research papers! [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science

Sorry, Stephen: you've completely misunderstood my point about general principles. You've obviously reasoned from and to general principles in your own post above. And yes, I'm reading, but only because of a Google search. If you'd wanted me to see this right away, you might have linked to me. I believe that's how the network works, generally. [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science

> You've obviously reasoned from and to general principles in your own post above.

Why 'obviously'? Because that's what the words say? But the words aren't my reasoning - just a clumsy expression of it.

> If you'd wanted me to see this right away, you might have linked to me. I believe that's how the network works, generally.

No, that's not how the network works. If you're vanity searching, you search on either your name or your URL. I don't use trackbacks (long story) so the only way you'll find me is vanity searching.

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