Complicating the Social Networks for Better Storytelling : An Empirical Study of Chinese Historical Text and Novel

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)754-767
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems
Volume8
Issue number3
Online published17 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Abstract

Digital humanities is an important subject because it enables developments in history, literature, and films. In this article, we perform an empirical study of a Chinese historical text, Records of the Three Kingdoms (Records), and a historical novel of the same story, Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Romance). We employ deep-learning-based natural language processing (NLP) techniques to extract characters and their relationships. The adopted NLP approach can extract 93% and 91% characters that appeared in the two books, respectively. Then, we characterize the social networks and sentiments of the main characters in the historical text and the historical novel. We find that the social network in Romance is more complex and dynamic than that of Records, and the influence of the main characters differs. These findings shed light on the different styles of storytelling in the two literary genres and how the historical novel complicates the social networks of characters to enrich the literariness of the story.

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  • Bit error rate, Complex networks, Feature extraction, social network analysis (SNA), Social networking (online), Tagging, Task analysis, Text mining, text mining., Topology

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Complicating the Social Networks for Better Storytelling : An Empirical Study of Chinese Historical Text and Novel. / Zhang, Chenhan; Zhang, Qingpeng; Yu, Shui; Yu, James J. Q.; Song, Xiaozhuang.

In: IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, Vol. 8, No. 3, 06.2021, p. 754-767.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review