(excerpt from a working document by James Abello, Lev Manovich, Jianbo Gao, Katy Börner, and Tina Eliassi-Rad)
The Arrowhead Problems in Culture Analytics
- Metrics for the study of culture(s)
- Identifying, defining and measuring cultural complexities
- Is culture automatically the result of the evolution of groups (see Hilbert Problem #5)
- What are the fundamental mechanisms for cultural network formation?
- Find algorithms to detect the culturally meaningful topical structure of heterogeneous cultural data (see Hilbert Problem #10)
- Find algorithms to detect culturally meaningful phase transitions in heterogeneous cultural data (see Hilbert Problem #10)
- Identify invariance of offline and online culture(s) to understand their co-evolution
- Measure the impact of culture on health (e.g., there are different narratives/reasons why groups of people do not vaccinate their kids), social conflict, inequality, and the environment (social, env, public goods)
- Identify the densities and velocities of changing areas in culture(s) both online and offline
- Scaling algorithms to all heterogeneous cultural data
- Can one develop a calculus of culture?
- Are there axioms of culture and can one develop a mathematical treatment of these? (see Hilbert Problem #6)
- How do we measure the cultural impact of globalization?
- Properties of cultural systems (what correlations, statistical models, laws exist?)
- Phase transitions (e.g., perception of tattoos, viral spread)
- How to measure, model, and promote cultural diversity
- Hypothesis testing of cultural assumption (e.g., acceleration of culture=perception of time is compressing as time progresses, need listing), validate humanistic approaches for understanding culture
- Validate cultural paradoxes
- AB testing for XXX
- Creation of an open source software package that is accessible, module, adaptable and that allows for reproducibility.
- Scalability (to trillions of records/PB of data)
- Long tail?
- Improve health: Use social media data to predict and prevent episodes of depression
- Reduce substance abuse: Contextualize people’s experiences and behaviors in overall contexts
- Promote global peace by analyzing media reported events and identifying bifurcation points
- Promote stability by decreasing (education, economic, and health) inequalities
- Reduce education inequality: Teach diverse cultures