[Fis] _ Reply to Annette (A Priori Modeling)
loet at leydesdorff.net
Sat Jun 25 08:31:15 CEST 2016
Dear Pedro and colleagues,
"Agency" is missing. It is factually minimized under the form of constraints
and uncertainty. Communication occurs because some kind of "emitter" agent
operates as a "source" and sends "messages" via an appropriate "channel" to
some "receiver". I have put quotations to the standard Shannonian terms. My
central question: could there be any form of non-living agency? And then,
What different forms of life could receive the "agent" label? How being
alive biases the non-at-all-free communication game?
For example: if one constructs a citation matrix with the cited papers in
the rows and the citing papers in the columns, citing can be considered as
action and cited as structure. There is a mutual information between cited
and citing, but the effect of citing on cited is different from the effect
of cited on citing. Thus, one can evaluate agency.
The Production of Probabilistic Entropy in Structure/Action Contingency
Relations, <http://www.leydesdorff.net/jses95/jses95.pdf> Journal of Social
and Evolutionary Systems 18 (1995) 339-56.
Contingencies and the Model of Parallel Distributed Processing, Journal for
the Theory of Social Behaviour 23 (1993) 47-77.
A similar argument can be made for evidence (agency) in relation to theory
Knowledge Representations, Bayesian Inferences, and Empirical Science
Studies, <http://www.leydesdorff.net/ssi92/index.htm> Social Science
Information 31 (1992, nr. 2), 213-37.
If so wished, I can provide pdf.
These questions will be refined next days...
Professor, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
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Visiting Professor, <http://www.istic.ac.cn/Eng/brief_en.html> ISTIC,
Visiting Professor, <http://www.bbk.ac.uk/> Birkbeck, University of London;
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