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Title: Comparison of co-occurrence networks of the Chinese and English languages
Authors: Liang, W
Shi, Y
Tse, CK 
Liu, J
Wang, Y
Cui, X
Keywords: Co-occurrence network
Language
Scale-free network
Small-world network
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: North-Holland
Source: Physica A. Statistical mechanics and its applications, 2009, v. 388, no. 23, p. 4901-4909 How to cite?
Journal: Physica A. Statistical mechanics and its applications 
Abstract: Co-occurrence networks of Chinese characters and words, and of English words, are constructed from collections of Chinese and English articles, respectively. Four types of collections are considered, namely, essays, novels, popular science articles, and news reports. Statistical parameters of the networks are studied, including diameter, average degree, degree distribution, clustering coefficient, average shortest path length, as well as the number of connected subnetworks. It is found that the character and word networks of each type of article in the Chinese language, and the word network of each type of article in the English language all exhibit scale-free and small-world features. The statistical parameters of these co-occurrence networks are compared within the same language and across the two languages. This study reveals some commonalities and differences between Chinese and English languages, and among the four types of articles in each language from a complex network perspective. In particular, it is shown that expressions in English are briefer than those in Chinese in a certain sense.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/26775
ISSN: 0378-4371
EISSN: 1873-2119
DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2009.07.047
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