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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Toward a Formal, Visual Framework of Emergent Cognitive Development of Scholars
Author(s): Hussain, Amir
Niazi, Muaz A
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Keywords: Agent-based modeling
Cognitive development
Cognitive agent-based computing
Complex adaptive system
Hirsch index
Complex networks
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Date Deposited: 26-Aug-2013
Citation: Hussain A & Niazi MA (2014) Toward a Formal, Visual Framework of Emergent Cognitive Development of Scholars. Cognitive Computation, 6 (1), pp. 113-124.
Abstract: Understanding the cognitive evolution of researchers as they progress in academia is an important but complex problem; one that belongs to a class of problems, which often require the development of models to gain further understanding of the intricacies of the domain. The research question that we address in this paper is: how to effectively model this temporal cognitive mental development of prolific researchers? Our proposed solution is based on noting that the academic progression and notability of a researcher are linked with a progressive increase in the citation count for the scholar's refereed publications, quantified using indices such as the Hirsch index. We propose the use of an yearly increment of a scholar's cognition quantifiable by means of a function of the scholar's citation index, thereby considering the index as an indicator of the discrete approximation of the scholar's cognitive development. Using validated agent-based modeling, a paradigm presented as part of our previous work aimed at the development of a cognitive agent-based computing framework, we present both formal as well as visual agent-based complex network representations for this cognitive evolution in the form of a temporal cognitive level network model. As proof of the effectiveness of this approach, we demonstrate the validation of the model using historic data of citations.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s12559-013-9219-y
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