Neurological Disorders and Publication Abstracts Follow Elements of Social Network Patterns when Indexed Using Ontology Tree-Based Key Term Search

  • Anand Kulanthaivel
  • Robert P. Light
  • Katy Börner
  • Chin Hua Kong
  • Josette F. Jones
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8515)


Disorders of the Central Nervous System (CNS) are worldwide causes of morbidity and mortality. In order to further investigate the nature of the CNS research, we generate from an initial reference a controlled vocabulary of CNS disorder-related terms and ontological tree structure for this vocabulary, and then apply the vocabulary in an analysis of the past ten years of abstracts (N = 10,488) from a major neuroscience journal. Using literal search methodology with our terminology tree, we find over 5,200 relationships between abstracts and clinical diagnostic topics. After generating a network graph of these document-topic relationships, we find that this network graph contains characteristics of document-author and other human social networks, including evidence of scale-free and power law-like node distributions. However, we also found qualitative evidence for Z-normal-type (albeit logarithmically skewed) distributions within disorder popularity. Lastly, we discuss potential consumer-centered as well as clinic-centered uses for our ontology and search methodology.


Ontology information retrieval neuroscience networks indexing knowledge gaps semantic medicine translational medicine knowledge discovery neurology psychiatry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anand Kulanthaivel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert P. Light
    • 1
  • Katy Börner
    • 1
  • Chin Hua Kong
    • 1
  • Josette F. Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science, Information & Library ScienceIndiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.BioHealth InformaticsIndiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA

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