Quantifying the Emergence of New Domains: Using Cybersecurity as a Case

  • Xiaoli Hu
  • Zhiyong Feng
  • Shizhan Chen
  • Dongxiao He
  • Keman HuangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11062)


One of the learning tasks which play central roles in the knowledge discovery field is to understand the content of a corpus such that one can efficiently understand the potential knowledge of data texts. Moreover, the availability of various big scholarly data enables us to develop methods for digging deep into the generation of new domains. In this paper, especially, we take cybersecurity disciplinary as an example, collect the relevant data from Microsoft Academic, and then extract the citation and reference relations among different domains. We further propose the domain-derived space, representing the inspiration relations for the emergence domains, by identifying the emergence of domains and the significant derived relations. In the context of the developed domain-derived space, we develop methods to study the growth of domains as well as the characteristics of its ancestral domains. The results reveal the dissipation of the interdisciplinary effect and the importance of a domain in its early stage for the emergence of new domains. These studies quantitatively analyze the trends and impact factors of domain derivation, providing a new research and forecast path for knowledge discovery.


Domain-derived space Cybersecurity Knowledge discovery 



This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China grants 61502333, 61572350, 61672377.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoli Hu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhiyong Feng
    • 1
    • 3
  • Shizhan Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dongxiao He
    • 1
    • 2
  • Keman Huang
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Tianjin Key Laboratory of Cognitive Computing and ApplicationTianjinChina
  2. 2.School of Computer Science and TechnologyTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  3. 3.School of Computer SoftwareTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  4. 4.Cybersecurity@MIT SloanMIT Sloan School of ManagementCambridgeUSA

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