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Topological-collaborative approach for disambiguating authors' names in collaborative networks

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Amancio, Diego R. [1] ; Oliveira, Jr., Osvaldo N. [2] ; Costa, Luciano da F. [2]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Math & Comp Sci, BR-13560970 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos Inst Phys, BR-13560970 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: SCIENTOMETRICS; v. 102, n. 1, p. 465-485, JAN 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 6

Concepts and methods of complex networks have been employed to uncover patterns in a myriad of complex systems. Unfortunately, the relevance and significance of these patterns strongly depends on the reliability of the datasets. In the study of collaboration networks, for instance, unavoidable noise pervading collaborative networks arises when authors share the same name. To address this problem, we derive a hybrid approach based on authors' collaboration patterns and topological features of collaborative networks. Our results show that the combination of strategies, in most cases, performs better than the traditional approach which disregards topological features. We also show that the main factor accounting for the improvement in the discriminability of homonymous authors is the average shortest path length. Finally, we show that it is possible to predict the weighting associated to each strategy compounding the hybrid system by examining the discrimination obtained from the traditional analysis of collaboration patterns. Because the methodology devised here is generic, our approach is potentially useful to classify many other networked systems governed by complex interactions. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/06717-4 - Modeling human knowledge ánd behavior with complex networks
Grantee:Diego Raphael Amancio
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 11/50761-2 - Models and methods of e-Science for life and agricultural sciences
Grantee:Roberto Marcondes Cesar Junior
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 10/00927-9 - Using complex networks to classify texts
Grantee:Diego Raphael Amancio
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)