Complex Systems Phylomemy

Phylomemies are inheritance networks of elements of knowledge invented and studied at the ISCPIF. They are complex objects designed to reveal the hidden structure and dynamics of corpora of textual documents. By using phylomemies, one can reconstruct the temporal evolution of research domains from thousands of scientific publications or follow the ongoing process of online debates. The phylomemy reconstruction method comes from co-words approaches: the global temporal structure of phylomemies emerge from the local interactions between terms or expressions extracted from the input documents. Phylomemies are implemented within the free software GarganText (



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