Complex Networks in Different Languages: A Study of an Emergent Multilingual Encyclopedia
F. Canan Pembe
Last modified: May 11, 2006
There is an increasing interest to the study of complex networks in an interdiciplinary way. Language, as a complex network, has been a part of this study due to its importance in human life. Moreover, the Internet has also been at the center of this study by making access to large amounts of information possible. With these ideas in mind, this work aims to evaluate conceptual networks in different languages with the data from a large and open source of information in the Internet, namely Wikipedia. As an evolving multilingual encyclopedia that can be edited by any Internet user, Wikipedia is a good example of an emergent complex system. In this paper, different from previous work on conceptual networks which usually concentrated on single languages, we concentrate on possible ways to compare the usages of different languages and possibly the underlying cultures. This also involves the analysis of local network properties around certain concepts in different languages. For an initial evaluation, the concept “family” is used to compare the English and German Wikipedias. Although, the work is currently at the beginning, the results are promising.