Journal article

Measuring centrality in film narratives using dynamic character interaction networks

Pete Jones, Eithne Quinn, Johan Koskinen

SOCIAL NETWORKS | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

The tools of social network analysis offer a promising framework for studying fictional texts and the relational activity of the characters therein. The goal of this paper is to offer both a conceptual refinement of the project of measuring the centrality of characters within narratives using network tools, as well as the proposal of a novel measure with which to do so. Conceptually, we argue that as questions of time, order and sequence are central in narratives, measures of characters’ narrative importance should be based on dynamic network representations which respect the time-ordering of narrative events. We suggest a directed dynamic measure of relative character importance based on ch..

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