Title: Finding linkage between sustainability science and complex networks

Authors: Katsuhide Fujita

Addresses: Institute of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2-24-16 Naka-cho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo 184-8588, Japan

Abstract: Sustainability science has been widely accepted worldwide as an important research field worldwide. Since it is widespread in many research fields such as environmental science and engineering, architecture, materials science, and civil engineering, it is important to discover the hidden connections between sustainability science and other academic fields. For this purpose, supporting tools are necessary. This paper investigates the relationship between sustainability science and complex networks on the basis of citation network analysis using large datasets of academic papers. First, citation networks are generated on the basis of academic paper datasets and clustered to understand the research fields of sustainability science and complex networks. Next, we measure the textual similarities among the clusters in these fields and analyse the shared terms to find the overlapping research areas that connect the two fields. These results offer overviews of how complex networks contribute to sustainability science and assist the formation of policies that promote key results in artificial intelligence toward future sustainable societies.

Keywords: citation networks; sustainability science; complex networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2018.095067

International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 2018 Vol.17 No.4, pp.296 - 312

Accepted: 01 Mar 2017
Published online: 01 Jun 2018 *

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