LitStoryTeller: An interactive system for visual exploration of scientific papers leveraging named entities and comparative sentences

Qing Ping, Chaomei Chen

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Abstract

The present study proposes LitStoryTeller, an interactive system for visually exploring the semantic structure of a scientific article. We demonstrate how LitStoryTeller could be used to answer some of the most fundamental research questions, such as how a new method was built on top of existing methods, based on what theoretical proof and experimental evidences. More importantly, LitStoryTeller can assist users to understand the full and interesting story a scientific paper, with a concise outline and important details. The proposed system borrows a metaphor from screen play, and visualizes the storyline of a scientific paper by arranging its characters (scientific concepts or terminologies) and scenes (paragraphs/sentences) into a progressive and interactive storyline. Such storylines help to preserve the semantic structure and logical thinking process of a scientific paper. Semantic structures, such as scientific concepts and comparative sentences, are extracted using existing named entity recognition APIs and supervised classifiers, from a scientific paper automatically. Two supplementary views, ranked entity frequency view and entity co-occurrence network view, are provided to help users identify the "main plot" of such scientific storylines. When collective documents are ready, LitStoryTeller also provides a temporal entity evolution view and entity community view for collection digestion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages1118-1130
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Event16th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2017 - Wuhan, China
Duration: 2017 Oct 162017 Oct 20

Other

Other16th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2017
CountryChina
CityWuhan
Period17/10/1617/10/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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    Ping, Q., & Chen, C. (2017). LitStoryTeller: An interactive system for visual exploration of scientific papers leveraging named entities and comparative sentences. 1118-1130. Paper presented at 16th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2017, Wuhan, China.