Map of Systems Theory based on Wikipedia

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Information Aesthetics | No Comments

Recently I tried to dive deeper into systems theory and noticed that it seems to consist of different, competing and collaborating histories and concepts. Quite hard to grasp.
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So as an experiment I wanted to see if there is a knowledge topology about systems theory hidden in wikipedia. Or at least it could be a mirror of the current understanding of this field.
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So what I did is opening the german wikipedia article and collected all the links going out of it. The english one was parsed lateron os well. Then I collected the links of the Systems Theory Article Links as well. More depth would have become too complex. So. One article and the links of its linked article. Filtered by all nodes that have a degree below 11. This means they do not have more than 11 links going out or in. Then I visualized it using Gephi.
What emerged where different clusters around chaos theory, complex systems over cybernetics to radical constructivism and Luhmans social systems.
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The upper part is what I like to call the horizon of context. Which disciplines are connected with the systems theory.
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The map metaphor is not scientific, because the grid does not tell anything. The coloring of nodes is done subjectively by me since I thought wow I know this yet. But it creates a context more easy to dive in. Because one needs a lot of time to wander through such complex graphs.
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120417_kartedersystemtheorie
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See the 300 dpi Version at Flickr.
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As a test I wanted to see the map of the english article as well.
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I did only a few manual tweaks here. Interesting thing here: The systems theory cluster is a huge equal ball. Not easy to recognize a distinction between chaos and social systems for example. At least there is a little right and left and up and down. Shannon and Weaver are neighbours for example.
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But what you see is the connection to the sociology via Luhman and Parsons. Therefore this map might be better to understand the context of systems theory. Btw. filtered out degree < 20. .
120420_mapOfSystemsTheory
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See the 300 dpi version at Flickr.
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And the last thing. In germany chaos theory seems to be connected to systems theory, but on the english wikipedia you find all those information filed unter complexity science. See this map of complexity science by Brian Castellani.
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