Temporal Network Analysis of Literary Texts

Sandra D. Prado, Silvio R. Dahmen, Ana L. C. Bazzan, Padraig MacCarron, Ralph Kenna

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Abstract

We study temporal networks of characters in literature focussing on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll and the anonymous La Chanson de Roland (around 1100). The former, one of the most influential pieces of nonsense literature ever written, describes the adventures of Alice in a fantasy world with logic plays interspersed along the narrative. The latter, a song of heroic deeds, depicts the Battle of Roncevaux in 778 A.D. during Charlemagne’s campaign on the Iberian Peninsula. We apply methods recently developed by Taylor et al. [Taylor, D., Myers, S. A., Clauset, A., Porter, M. A. and Mucha, P. J., Eigenvector-based centrality measures for temporal networks, CoRR (2015).] to find time-averaged eigenvector centralities, Freeman indices and vitalities of characters. We show that temporal networks are more appropriate than static ones for studying stories, as they capture features that the time-independent approaches fail to yield.

Publisher Statement: Electronic version of an article published as Advances in Complex Systems, 19, 3, 2016, 1650005 10.1142/S0219525916500053 © copyright World Scientific Publishing Company http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscinet/acs
Original languageEnglish
Article number1650005
Number of pages19
JournalAdvances in Complex Systems
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Structure and dynamics of complex networks
  • graph theory
  • networks and literature

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    Prado, S. D., Dahmen, S. R., Bazzan, A. L. C., MacCarron, P., & Kenna, R. (2016). Temporal Network Analysis of Literary Texts. Advances in Complex Systems, 19(3), [1650005]. https://doi.org/10.1142/S0219525916500053