The value of indirect ties in citation networks: SNA analysis with OWA operator weights

Marra, Marianna, Emrouznejad, Ali, Ho, William and Edwards, John S (2015) The value of indirect ties in citation networks: SNA analysis with OWA operator weights. Information Sciences, 314. pp. 135-151. ISSN 0020-0255

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Abstract

This paper seeks to advance the theory and practice of the dynamics of complex networks in relation to direct and indirect citations. It applies social network analysis (SNA) and the ordered weighted averaging operator (OWA) to study a patent citations network. So far the SNA studies investigating long chains of patents citations have rarely been undertaken and the importance of a node in a network has been associated mostly with its number of direct ties. In this research OWA is used to analyse complex networks, assess the role of indirect ties, and provide guidance to reduce complexity for decision makers and analysts. An empirical example of a set of European patents published in 2000 in the renewable energy industry is provided to show the usefulness of the proposed approach for the preference ranking of patent citations.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Strategy and Marketing
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Depositing User: Marianna Marra
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2020 09:56
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 10:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89741

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