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Similarity Analysis of Learning Interests among Majors Using Complex Networks

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College of Computer Science & Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, China
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Northwest Normal University Library, Lanzhou 730070, China
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Information 2020, 11(2), 94; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11020094
Received: 4 January 2020 / Revised: 7 February 2020 / Accepted: 9 February 2020 / Published: 10 February 2020
At present, multi-specialization cross integration is the new trend for high-level personnel training and scientific and technological innovation. A similarity analysis of learning interests among specializations based on book borrowing behavior is proposed in this paper. Students of different majors that borrow the same book can be regarded as a way of measuring similar learning interests among majors. Considering the borrowing data of 75 majors, 14,600 undergraduates, and 280,000 books at the Northwest Normal University (NWNU), as an example, this study classified readers into majors depending on similarity among students. A complex network of similar learning interests among specializations was constructed using group behavior data. The characteristics of learning interests were revealed among majors through a network topology analysis, importance of network nodes, and calculation of the similarity among different majors by the Louvain algorithm. The study concluded that the major co-occurrence network was characterized as scale-free and small-world; most majors had mutual communication and an infiltrating relationship, and the 75 majors of NWNU may form six major interest groups. The conclusions of the study were related to the development of majors of the university, and a match between major learning communities was based on the borrowing interest in a similar network to reflect the relationship between the characteristics and internal operating rules of a major.
Keywords: similar relationship; book borrowing; complex network; learning interest among majors similar relationship; book borrowing; complex network; learning interest among majors
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Zhang, Q.; Zhang, X.; Gong, L.; Li, Z.; Zhang, Q.; Chen, W. Similarity Analysis of Learning Interests among Majors Using Complex Networks. Information 2020, 11, 94.

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