Models for Interacting Populations of Memes : Competition and Niche Behavior

  title={Models for Interacting Populations of Memes : Competition and Niche Behavior},
  author={Michael L. Best},
We make use of a set of text analysis tools, primarily based on Latent Semantic Indexing, to study the dynamics of memes on the Net. Our analysis discovers replicating memes within posts to the USENET News (or NetNews) system. We cluster the posts to NetNews into clouds within a conceptual sequence space; these clusters describe quasispecies. We then go on to study the pairwise interactions between these quasi-species by computing the cross-correlation between the interacting population’s level… CONTINUE READING
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