Networks and Meaning

Networks and Meaning

Gabriel Velez Cuartas (University of Antioquia, Colombia)

In this session, we welcome the participation of researchers who are interested in theoretical or methodological work that explain the relationship between networks and attribution of meaning to communications (for instance: texts, conversations, audiovisual material and information exchange). Contributions that answer the following three groups of questions will be particularly considered:

1) Big data and meaning: What kind of theoretical or methodological assumptions about meaning can be found in the use of algorithms to group communications by similar or different meaning in a collection of big data? How is it possible to differentiate precision in a set of algorithms to group communications by their similarity in meanings? Is it as feasible to use the criterion of co-occurrence in the analysis of pictures and audiovisual material as it is in co-word analysis?

2) Interactions and meaning: How fuzzy is meaning in modeling flows of communication? Can we only make models of flows and interactions but never about attribution of meaning to them? On the contrary, is it possible to associate the emergence of identities and interactions and the creation of meaning? On the other hand, when we represent networks is it possible to take pictures about circulating meaning in networks or should it necessarily be interpreted by the researcher?

3) Decision making and meaning: What kind of additional elements related with meaning (and different from rational games) should be explored to understand decision making processes when we consider networks as structures where decisions are taken? Is it likely to discover tendencies of decision making according to specific distributions of interactions in networks?

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