Lexical Networks Constructed to Correspond to Students’ Short Written Responses: A Quantum Semantic Approach

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A simple method to construct lexical networks (lexicons) of how students use scientific terms in written texts is introduced. The method is based on a recently introduced quantum semantics generalization of a word-pair co-occurrence. Quantum semantics allows entangled co-occurrence, thus allowing to model the effect of subjective bias on weighting the importance of word co-occurrence. Using such a generalized word-pair co-occurrence counting, we construct students' lexicons of scientific (life-science) terms they use in their written responses to questions concerning food chains in life-science contexts. The method allows us to construct ensembles of lexicons that probabilistically simulate the variability of individual lexicons. The re-analyses of the written reports show that while sets of top-ranking terms contain nearly the same terms irrespective of details of the method used to count co-occurrences, the relative rankings of some key-terms may be different in quantum semantic analysis.
Titel på värdpublikationComplex Networks & Their Applications XI : Proceedings of The Eleventh International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications: COMPLEX NETWORKS 2022 - Volume 1
RedaktörerHocine Cherifi, Rosario Nunzio Mantegna, Luis M. Rocha, Chantal Cherifi, Salvatore Miccichè
Antal sidor13
Utgivningsdatum4 jan. 2023
ISBN (tryckt)978-3-031-21126-3
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-3-031-21127-0
StatusPublicerad - 4 jan. 2023
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok
EvenemangThe International Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications - Palermo, Italien
Varaktighet: 8 nov. 202210 nov. 2022
Konferensnummer: 11


NamnComplex Networks and Their Applications Xi, Complex Networks 2022, Vol 1
FörlagSpringer Nature
ISSN (tryckt)1860-949X


  • 114 Fysik
  • 516 Pedagogik
  • 1184 Genetik, utvecklingsbiologi, fysiologi

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