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The Citation Network(s)

The links below will bring you to four different visualizations of the rabbinic citation network of the Babylonian Talmud.   Each page has two parts: a static diagram and a (somewhat) interactive network below it.  You can hover over and click nodes in the interactive network to see the rabbi and his connections.  For more information about how the data was produced, see our Data page.  The visualizations were produced in Gephi and then exported with a Sigma.js template (produced through a plugin for Gephi), which was then uploaded directly into WordPress.  The Gephi file, which has a great deal more usability, can be downloaded from our ResearchGate site.  Note that for several of these visualizations the names are only in Hebrew.  These visualizations come from the same data.

We discuss these networks in our forthcoming article in AJS Review, “The Rabbinic Citation Network.”

Full Network:  A visualization of every rabbi in the Babylonian Talmud and their connections through citation networks (i.e., whether they are cited or cite any other rabbi).  More connected rabbis are grouped in the center; less connected rabbis on the edges.

Limited Network:  A pared down version of the full network, with only those rabbis who are connected to one or more other rabbis.  More connected rabbis are grouped in the center; less connected rabbis on the edges.

Top 10:  The links between the ten rabbis with the highest combined number of citations (that is, number of individual rabbis cited plus number of individual rabbis citing them).  One of our research findings is that these rabbis form a kind of backbone to the entire network.

Modularity:  A visualization of the full rabbinic citation network (all rabbis connected to other rabbis), divided into modularity classes through the Louvain Method.





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1 year ago

This is really cool! When is the article going to be published?

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