Main path analysis (MPA) is the most widely accepted approach to tracing knowledge transfer in a research field. In this study, we extracted multiple longest paths from the multidisciplinary academic field's citation network and integrating topic modeling to the extracted paths. We consider three main aspects of trajectory analysis when analyzing the represented documents through the extracted paths: emergence, authority, and topic dynamics. For path extraction, we adopt the longest path algorithm that consists of the following three steps: 1) topological sort, 2) edge relaxation, and 3) multiple path extraction. For topic integration into multiple paths, we employ latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA) by utilizing the topic-document matrix that LDA derives to select an article's topic from the citation network, where each article is labeled with the topic that is assigned with the highest topical probability for that article. We conduct a series of experiments to examine the results on a dataset from the field of healthcare informatics that PubMed provides.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Science Applications
- Library and Information Sciences