A while back I posted about a graph of the personalities on Wikipedia. This time I wanted to see which programming languages were linked to one another by user-entered “Influenced” and “Influenced-by” information. Take for instance the functional language Haskell:
In the infobox on the side we find a large list of languages Haskell is connected to in one way or another. Wikipedia devotes an entire section to how it is related to other programming languages for those interested.
Update! The work seems to have been picked up by Flowing Data, Business Insider, Future Journalism Project, Coppelia and a few other places.
The internet is big — very big. One such way to investigate all of this free online content is through graphs. The network visualisations by Simon Raper in his fantastic post about graphing the history of philosophy is one example of how to exploit such data. Let’s take this a step further and create a series of graphs using everyone on Wikipedia.
I’ve recently been digging around the topic of influences so I thought it would be interesting to examine a few subnetworks within the large network of everyone. This time I set my scopes on mathematicians. There is no primary reason why other than – I can. I’ve long been interested in the history of mathematics and so I wondered what a network of great mathematicians actually looked like? Could there be underlying structures between mathematicians who have influenced each other over history?