Novel Epistemic and Predictive Heuristic for Semantic and Dynamic Social Networks Analysis


Using Kripke semantics, we have identified and reduced an epistemic incompleteness in the metaphor commonly employed in Social Networks Analysis (SNA), which basically compares information flows with current flows in advanced centrality measures. Our theoretical approach defines a new paradigm for the semantic and dynamic analysis of social networks including shared content. Based on our theoretical findings, we define a semantic and predictive model of dynamic SNA for Enterprises Social Networks (ESN), and experiment it on a real dataset.

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Thovex, C. and Trichet, F. (2014) Novel Epistemic and Predictive Heuristic for Semantic and Dynamic Social Networks Analysis. Social Networking, 3, 159-172. doi: 10.4236/sn.2014.33021.

1. Introduction

Social Networks Analysis (SNA) is an approach of graph-mining based on sociology and applied to social graphs, i.e. some graphs representing people and their social relationships, such as Moreno’s sociograms [1] . It integrates dynamic models based on the comparison of information flows to electric flows [2] [3] , in order to improve SNA standard centralities introduced in [4] [5] , for instance. As an example, the betweenness centrality of a node is a topological measure comparing the number of shortest paths connecting each pair of nodes (i, j) including u in a graph, to the total number of shortest paths in the graph. It is calculated for each node of a social network and the higher betweenness values indicate the leaders in terms of information sharing, within the studied social network [4] . Newer definitions of betweenness in [2] [3] are based on the idea that information doesn’t necessarily follow the shortest path between people, within a social network. These well-known definitions in SNA are flow-based measures which compare the value of an edge to a resistance and compare a node to an interconnection of resistances respecting the Kirchhoff’s point law and Kirchhoff’s mesh law. They use the point law to calculate the current output, based on the current input for each connected node, and so on following a random walk within social networks. [2] [3] centralities are implemented in most of the SNA applications and libraries (e.g., Pajek, NetMiner, Gephi― and recognized for the results they provide. However, 1) these models force all the resistances to be equivalent within the studied network, and 2) they omit the Ohm’s law in the simulation of current flow distribution they entail, although Kirchoff’s laws are based on the Ohm’s law.

Since information flows and information sharing are recognized as key indicators in SNA, the semantics intrinsic to the shared content related to social networks (i.e., the endogenous content) has been studied, resulting in semantic SNA models. Semantic SNA attempts are sustained since a few years, with important contributions such as [6] and [7] .

While we were defining new semantic SNA models in line with the Socioprise project, funded by the French State Secretariat at the prospective and development of the digital economy [8] , we had to accept various resistances values within our model of social networks analysis. It has led us to identify a semantic incoherence in the interdisciplinary bridge-building between graph analysis and electrophysics commonly accepted in SNA. Our findings might also concern other application domains-e.g., traffic networks.

This paper presents: (a) the demonstration of a semantic incoherence and its resolution in current SNA; (b) a socio-semantic graph structure based on (a) and entailing a metric of semantic tension for a social network; (c) a semantic and predictive model of dynamic SNA (patented model), dedicated to Enterprises Social Networks (ESNs).

Our theoretical work is based on Kripke semantics. Our applicative work is dedicated to economic performance and social climate optimization, and experimented in line with the Socioprise project. Socioprise was realized in partnership with the OpenPortal Software company, which provides French leading software solutions for human capital management.

In this paper, the Section 2 presents the principles and methods related to our contributions, encountered in SNA. Section 3 introduces our theoretical and epistemic contribution. Section 4 sums up the purpose of the Socioprise project and defines a skills network structure as a base for the experimentation of our theoretical contribution. Section 5 presents the predictive model of recommendations we define, based on knowledge engineering and on the natural balance of electronic flows. Section 6 presents the results obtained with a real dataset in the context of the Socioprise project. Lastly, Section 7 presents the conclusions and perspectives of our work.

2. Interdisciplinary Semantics

The section sums up the main semantic principles and methods encountered in SNA models, from the sociograms presented in [1] , to the latest outcomes in SNA for the Semantic Web presented in [9] .

2.1. Graphs Analysis and Interdisciplinarity

In [1] , some social graphs named sociograms were introduced in sociology for the analysis of dynamic behavior in people groups. The graph theory and sociology were intuitively associated yet. Then in another domain, as electrophysics and graph theory evoked an epistemic equivalence, their interdisciplinary study enabled outcomes such as the demonstration of current flows unity and continuity in large graphs, established in [10] .

Introducing electro-physical phenomenons in Social Networks Analysis, [2] [3] betweenness centralities improves the standard betweenness centrality defined in [4] . Interdisciplinary bridge-building between SNA and electromagnetic force1 is useful to SNA models, but also to physics. For instance, in [11] physicians have recourse to centrality measures so as to prevent defaults in electric power grids. Our theoretical work defines and experiments a semantic completion of the electro-physic metaphor commonly employed in SNA.

2.2. Semantics of Endogenous Content

An ontology is an explicit specification of a shared formalization. It represents the concepts, objects and other entities supposed to exist in an interest area, with their relationships [12] . Semantic SNA studies the conceptual aspects of social networks. It is based on knowledge and ontology engineering coupled with SNA principles, and concerns the Social and Semantic Web [6] . Since [7] , more and more works are published in the domain and various domains are waiting for innovative applications resorting to semantic SNA―e.g., collaborative enterprises, marketing, mobile and social apps.

Basically, text analysis and mining produce a set of statistical models which provide a gateway between syntactic and semantic levels in text analysis. The Jaccard index refinement defined in [13] , improves the Jaccard’s measure of semantic similarity between terms and corpora. The standard Term Frequency (TF) measure introduced in [14] , and the Inverse Document Frequency (IDF) defined in [15] are frequently improved as refinements of TF.IDF measures or so called, such as in [16] . Semantic SNA and ontology building benefit each other, as defined in [17] with a three-dimensional model crossing social graphs, annotations (tags) and consensual ontologies. The latest works in semantic SNA aim at making operational the outlines of SNA using ontologies and Semantic Web languages, and pave the way for statistical and semantic analysis of the Social Web [9] [18] . Our applicative work defines and experiments a structure of social graph based on the semantics of the endogenous content and dedicated to semantic SNA. It enables 1) to retrieve the communities and individuals sharing knowledge denoted by keywords, 2) to rank people activities within communities sharing common knowledge, and 3) to detect and to balance stress at work, based on the collective/individual knowledge use and on the knowledge commonly developed within an enterprise social network.

3. Epistemic Equivalence

Based on Kripke semantics [19] , we have detected and resolved a semantic incoherence due to an incompleteness of the electro-physic metaphor introduced in SNA to represent the information behavior in social networks [2] [3] 2.

Definition 1. In a Kripke model, is a set of worlds, is a binary relationship of accessibility in, and is a function representing all the propositions such as in all worlds. The formalism means is true in the world of the model.

Definition 2. Some propositions are Kripke-satisfiable if it exists at least one world of a model in which they are true. A proposition is Kripke-valid if it is true in every world of every Kripke model, or in every world of a unique Kripke model.

Definition 3. A proposition p is Kripke-equivalent to if in every world of every defined Kripke model, or in every world of a unique Kripke model.

Let a proposition

and a proposition.

means Ohm’s law is respected and means Kirchhoff’s laws are respected and imply Ohm’s law is respected. In the common world as in electro-physics, is true because Kirchhoff’s laws are based on the Ohm’s law.

Let, possible world restricted to electrophysics and, possible world restricted to graph theory. We define the Kripke model based on the electrophysical metaphor employed in SNA [3] , such as with,. In this model, the propositions and are true in the world, because Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s laws are respected and dependant in electro-physics.

In the world, is false because Ohm’s law is not respected in graph theory with based on [3] , and is false because it implies.

We obtain the Equation (1), meaning and are true in the world of the model, and (2) meaning and are not true in the world of the model:



Rightfully observing Kripke semantics, and are Kripke-satisfiable thanks to (1), but they are not Kripke-valid because of (2).

Furthermore, releasing constraints by replacing with:

is not sufficient to make it Kripke-valid, as long as Ω remains false in.

Therefore, according to Kripke semantics, the demonstration of a semantic incoherence within the electrophysical metaphor commonly employed in SNA is established.

Finally, we introduce an epistemic completion resolving the semantic incoherence we have demonstrated.

Making Kripke-valid comes to modify any in, such as. Pragmatically, making Kripke-valid only needs to be true in. Once we have in our Kripke model, we have a Kripke-equivalence with, when is true3.

3.1. Shared Knowledge and Stress at Work

The linguistic Term Frequency metric TF is defined in [14] as the number of occurrences of a term divided by the number of terms in a document.

Regarding people within a social network platform/database, quantifies the relative pregnancy of consumed and/or produced knowledge, based on the written and/or read terms denoting knowledge in documents4. It provides a knowledge use intensity weighing the relationship(s) of people with knowledge. We name it semantic intensity. The rarity of a term denoting knowledge is usually given by the linguistic Inverse Document Frequency metric.

and are generally combined as a standard metric. is defined in [15] as the number of documents divided by the number of documents containing a given term, in a corpus5.

We use to calculate the rarity of the terms denoting knowledge within the endogenous content of social networks. In our model of SNA, is coupled to in order to weigh the connections between individuals and knowledge within social networks.

In the context of the Socioprise project, we are interested in Enterprises Social Networks Analysis (ESNA). For a person in an ESN, we state stress at work increases in proportion to the knowledge use intensity and to the knowledge rarity. In other words, the semantic intensity metric combined to the rarity metric in a factor provides an indicator of stress at work for ESNA. We are conscious of the triviality of such a simple factor compared to all the quantifiable or undefined causes of stress at work. However, it represents a plausible stress metric in the context of models respecting the epistemic equivalence that we have defined in section 3. Therefore, our model integrates an implementation of the BM25 formula defined in [16] , considered as a state-of-the-art refinement of the TF.IDF based formulas according to [20] .

3.2. Semantic Coherence

Respecting our epistemic equivalence, we introduce the Ohm’s law6 in. The semantic intensity we have defined in the world, representing information/knowledge flows intensity based on, is equivalent to electronic flows intensity in the world.

Theorem 1.



3The Kripke model entails when is true in.

4We compare a digital resource within the social network to a document.

5We do not consider noise words and stop words as terms denoting knowledge.

6, meaning.





Based on Kripke semantics, theorem 1 defines knowledge use intensity (i.e., the semantic intensity) coupled to knowledge rarity as a factor of stress in (possible world restricted to graph theory), and defines tension in (possible world restricted to electrophysics) as an equivalence to stress in.

Equation (3) represents the semantic equivalence between stress and electrophysical tension for interdisciplinary graph analysis.


Introducing equation (3) in as a new proposition such as, with, we implicitly define (i.e., becomes true in).

, and equations (1) and (2) respectively turn into (4) and (5)7.



, and are Kripke-satisfiable and Kripke-valid in thanks to. and are Kripke-equivalent.

Introducing the Ohm’s law in the world thanks to, our theoretical approach defines (1) an epistemic equivalence resolving the semantic incoherence found in the electrophysical metaphor commonly employed in SNA; (2) a demonstration based on Kripke semantics, of the semantic equivalence between tension/intensity as electro-physic flows metrics, and stress related to information/knowledge flows in ESNs.

Introducing the Ohm’s law prior to the Kirchhoff’s point law in SNA, our epistemic paradigm improves the interdisciplinary bridge-building between information flows behavior and electronic flows behavior previously introduced in [2] and [3] . This theoretical contribution paves the way for graph-based applications taking advantage of electronic flow-based rules in graph theory, so as to discover further heuristics merging knowledge engineering and electrophysics in SNA.

4. Socio-Semantic Networks

We experiment our improvement of the interdisciplinary bridge-building between electro-physics and SNA. Our theoretical approach is applicable to various social graph structures. We apply it to a socio-semantic structure of social network. This structure that we name skills network, facilitates our applicative approach in order to make our theoretical contributions easier to perceive. It is defined below, after the presentation of our applicative purpose.

Our applicative objective is to define an innovative and decisional model based on dynamic and semantic SNA, which purpose is to foster the performance and to improve the social climate within workgroups. This model produces some visual indications and predictive recommendations for the performance optimization and the reduction of psychosocial risk, fostering the agile and skills-based work organization defined in [21] . Our experimentations aim at the discovery of multidimensional synergies between knowledge engineering and physical aspects of the analysis of Collaborative Enterprises Social Networks (CESN). We define a CESN as a heterogeneous graphic structure, based on the numerical marks and contents available in enterprises information systems and representing collaborative relationships within enterprises.

We define a hybrid graph structure, named skills network, which represents the studied CESN and the semantic network induced by its endogenous dataset. The nodes of the semantic network represent the meaningful terms found in the endogenous content and indexed. The arcs of the semantic network represent some semantic relationships, such as synonymy and/or hyponymy, defined in a thesaurus or an ontology. In the context of the Socioprise project, we solely represent synonyms found in a predefined thesaurus, for each term denoting knowledge found in the endogenous content. Our theoretical findings provides a new heuristic for defining coherent semantic weighs within skills networks, which is going to be presented in Section 5.

7We do not study the possible uses of Equation (4), which semantics is coherent in.

We have developed a skills network research system enabling the automatic building of skills networks based on keywords researches. These restricted networks are named skills networks on demand. They make knowledge communities and noticeable individuals accurately identifiable regarding seized keywords, with the help of SNA metrics. The Figure 1 shows an example of skills network on demand.

Figure 1. Basic structure of skills network on demand.

The Figure 1 illustrates the result of a query on “Configuration, Server, Database”. It returns a skill networks entailing 31 individuals producing and/or consuming the 3 keywords and/or their respective related knowledge.

For instance, John produces and/or consumes content in the domain “database configuration and settings”, while Mary produces and/or consumes content in the domain of “parameterizing server”. The figure only shows the skills network structure, and how it represents a part of the competencies of John and Mary related to the knowledge domain denoted by the keywords.

In our current experimentations as in Figure 1, a skills network on demand comprises three types of nodes and four types of relationships8. The nodes are either of a type (1) keyword-Key knowledge (Kk), (2) term associated to keyword-Relative knowledge (Rk) or (3) People (Pkr).

The relationships are either of a type (1) Key knowledge/Key-knowledge, (2) Key knowledge / Relative knowledge, (3) People/Key knowledge or (4) People/Relative knowledge.

The set of arcs, making a unique circuit is named. The relative knowledge makes a star-network around the nodes (Key knowledge), by the set of arcs.

An individual is associated to the key and/or relative knowledge present in the endogenous content with which he interacts. His interactions within the CESN are typed by two generic roles, production (P) and consumption (C). The role P represents information flows produced by individuals and the role C represents information flows consumed by individuals. An individual is associated to a knowledge if he produces and/or consumes a resource indexed by―e.g., document, annotation.

5. A Graph Weighing Paradigm

Within skills networks on demand, individuals act as flow producers and/or consumers, whilst keywords act as flow collectors. Our keywords-based and automatic process of skills networks building stands on a lexico-se- mantic indexation of the endogenous resources associated to individuals―i.e., the resources produced and consumed by the enterprise members, through the collaborative software environment.

First, we apply our theoretical approach thanks to a process propagating initial values calculated by the BM25 formula, in respect to the Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s laws. Our process enables to calculate values of semantic tension/stress, semantic intensity and resistance for each element of a skills network, respecting the epistemic paradigm we introduce. Then, we define a predictive recommendation model based on a retro-propagation process and on the natural balance of electronic flows.

5.1. Lexico-Semantic Research

Skills networks on demand are automatically built depending on keywords. They use a lexico-semantic research service requiring indexation of the endogenous content. The enterprises corpora being usually consequent, for their semantic indexing, we momentarily reject the hypothesis of rich (and time-consuming) ontologies built by the experts. The software architecture deployed in the context of Socioprise comprises 1) lexical analysers for French and English language, 2) noise words lists, 3) French and/or English thesaurus, and 4) some multilingual full-text indexing-search services. It supports about 50 languages and remains quickly adaptable to various datasets.

In our main experimentation with a French corpus, the noise words list and the thesaurus are simply built using French lexicons and synonyms dictionaries. This part of our indexation and research process could be improved with specialized dictionaries, ontologies and/or domain-specific thesauri such as SKOS thesauri9, in order to provide more relevant skills networks on demand.

Thanks to the BM25 formula integrated in our experimental architecture, we are in measure to calculate values of production and/or consumption for each triplet (term; document; individual) within a skills network. Each pair (term; individual) is represented by a pair of symmetric arcs within skills networks, which are respectively weighed with the sum of and the sum or calculated for all the documents produced and/or consumed by the individual. Costs and execution times are distributed between indexation phase and research phase, in order to meet the general performance and scalability requirements imposed in the context of the Socioprise project.

5.2. Interdisciplinary Rules of Flow Distribution

The Kripke model defined in Section 3 provides an epistemic equivalence between graph theory and electrophysics, based on the coherence of Ohm’s law and the Kirchhoff,’s point law and represented in Equation (3). It introduces a rational improvement of the interdisciplinary paradigm defined in [2] [3] and commonly accepted in SNA.

Within skills networks, a person produces and/or consumes knowledge in several documents. For a same term, each relation of the person to a single document owns a value, calculated with the BM25 formula [16] [20] . The sum of all the values gives the production and consumption weighs respectively to the pair of symmetric arcs connecting an individual to a term, denoting produced/consumed knowledge. According to our epistemic paradigm, this weigh is named semantic tension.

For a same term denoting knowledge, the part of the semantic tension is constant in the endogenous content, due to the definition of Inverse Document Frequency. According to Equation (3), is equivalent to that we name semantic resistance, and is equivalent to the semantic intensity Is introduced in Section 3.1.

Based on the values, and weighing the arcs connecting individuals to knowledge, we define a propagation process respecting the Ohm’s law and the Kirchhoff’s point law. Pragmatically, our process respects the rules corresponding to current distribution in parallel and/or serial group of resistances.

For instance, the total resistance of a group of parallel resistances is formalized by the equation (6). Equation (7) formalizes the generic Equation (6) applied to the arcs connecting individuals to a single term denoting relative knowledge , such as illustrated in Figure 2 (cf. Section 4):



Figure 2. Graphic component as parallel resistances.

Let, semantic intensity in an arc connecting an individual to a term denoting relative knowledge. Resistances in serial groups add each other, hence the local tension in an arc connecting to a keyword is defined by the Formula (8).


Formula (8) defines how the intensity produced and/or consumed in a group of parallel resistances is collected and converted to tension in a serial-parallel component such as illustrated in Figure 3.

Figure 3. Serial-parallel component.

, total intensity collected by a keyword, depends on the distribution of intensity in a hierarchy of groups of serial-parallel resistances which depth is 1 or 2, such as illustrated in Figure 4.

Figure 4. Parallel hierarchy of components.

For arcs, is defined by the Formula 9. Let:


In the Formula (9), all the arcs connected to a node are processed as a group of parallel resistances, in which the intensity of an arc depends on the inverse proportion of its resistance compared to the total resistance of the group. Formulas (8) and (9) enable to weigh skills networks on demand based on semantic hierarchies endowed with varying depth.

5.3. Balanced Tension Core Values

Theorem 2.

Kirchhoff’s mesh law:

Let a mesh defined by the points, then

Within skills networks on demand resulting from multiple keywords queries, we note the mesh representing the core of the network, where represents the set of symmetric pair of arcs connecting the nodes (Figure 1 and Figure 5). In order to verify the mathematical validity of our model, we calculate the semantic tension within a mesh of nodes. With, based on the produced and consumed tension of each node, is the difference of potential between the produced tension and the consumed tension of the pair of nodes.

We state the arcs in have the same resistance, in order to simplify the calculus and to define, in accordance with electrophysics:

All the meshes we have experimented with skills networks comprising up to 5 nodes rightfully observe the Kirchhoff’s mesh law and confirm the accuracy of our propagation process.

5.4. Balanced Intensity Core Values

Theorem 3.

Kirchhoff’s point law

The sum of incoming current intensities in a node is equal to the sum of outgoing current intensities.

Each node of the mesh verifies the Kirchhoff’s laws by the produced flow or the consumed flow it collects. However, produced flows are not necessarily equal to consumed flows. Regarding our epistemic paradigm, the balance between produced and consumed tension within skills networks represents an optimal state, in terms of performance and stress at work. Smoothing the difference between produced and consumed tension without changing the total intensity (i.e., the collaborative activity) within skills networks comes to optimize the stress and activity distribution, in respect to individual knowledge and knowledge communities. In the paradigm we define, tension value depends on knowledge use intensity (i.e., semantic intensity) and on knowledge rarity (i.e., semantic resistance). Respecting our paradigm, we don’t act on semantic resistance, because it represents a factor difficult to control and to manage in an enterprise. Semantic resistance is constant for each arc of a given skills network. Therefore, semantic intensity enables to indirectly act on tension (i.e., on stress at work, in respect to our paradigm). Semantic intensity represents a factor easy to manage in an enterprise.

Thus, we define a principle for smoothing tension, based on the average intensity value within. It produces, where is the total produced intensity and is the total consumed tension. In Figure 5, we present a simulation of produced/consumed tension balanced in a three-keywords mesh.

Figure 5. Balancing a three-keywords mesh.

Figure 5 shows how balanced values and are calculated, thanks to the average intensity deduced from the initial values and. The balance conserves the total intensity within the mesh (i.e., 1450 + 1380 = 1415 × 2) and still respects the Kirchhoff’s mesh law. We use the balanced values to initialize a process of retro-propagation rightfully respecting the theoretical model implemented for propagation-cf. Section 5.2.

5.5. A Natural Load-Balancing Recommendation

We use a propagation process to collect semantic values produced and/or consumed within skills networks on demand. The process respects the epistemic paradigm we define in dynamic Social Networks Analysis, and implements the Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s laws. Semantic values are collected by the keywords representing the core of skills networks on demand, and production/consumption flows are balanced depending on an average value, respecting our epistemic paradigm.

The retro-propagation of new balanced values, from the core to the extremities of the studied skills network, produces balanced semantic values to be compared to the initial values, for each element within the network. Theoretically, the balanced values represent the optimal stress and activity distribution, in respect to individual knowledge and knowledge communities-i.e., a dynamic and predictive recommendation.

Figure 6 presents a simulation of our process, showing initial and balanced values calculated thanks to our model. The electric circuit at bottom-left in the figure shows the corresponding circuit implemented in an electronic solver, so as to verify the accuracy of our model.

Figure 6. Initial and balanced semantic weights.

Our retro-propagation process isolates dependant sources of intensity, to avoid a useless recursive complexity. Excepting this, it rightfully respects the electronic distribution rules in serial/parallel circuits. This represents a

significant improvement of the analogy between networks flows and current flows, since the works of [2] and [3] .

6. Predictive Recommendation

The corpus we use in line with the Socioprise project stems from a real business process, supported by a workflow application running over a relational database. The studied dataset comprises about 250 000 commented steps, regarding 33,000 entries-i.e., some initial actions of entry in the workflow. These entries comes from about 540 persons and are carried through issues by 80 collaborators. Entries and steps comprise various textual metadata and comments.

We generate skills networks automatically built from a research with the French keywords “validation, message, erreur”. In Figure 7, we present our predictive model of recommendations with 4 illustrations in which the networks are disposed in space thanks to the same algorithm (i.e., a Force Atlas 2 spatialization algorithm). The color gradient at the center of the picture represents the values amplitude, from blue to red for minimum to maximum values.

In Figure 7, the graphs at the left are coloured and dimensioned depending on the difference of produced minus consumed semantic intensity, at the top, and of produced minus consumed tension, at the bottom. The graphs at the right of the picture are colourised and dimensioned depending on the difference of balanced intensities produced minus consumed, at the top of the picture, and of balanced tension produced minus consumed, at the bottom10.

Figure 9 presents the distribution of the balanced values of the arcs of our experimental skills networks, for the graphs at the left of the picture 7.

Figure 8 presents the distribution of the balanced values for the arcs of the studied network. Visualizing the weighed networks illustrated in Figures 7-9, we note that:

1) intensities are stronger than tensions, for both the initial and the balanced values―i.e., warmest colours in Figure 7 and level of the mean values in Figure 9;

2) initial values are more sparse than balanced values―i.e., less population in initial mean values, cf. Figure 9 and colour temperature in Figure 7;

Figure 7. Predictive recommendation―real dataset.

Figure 8. Initial values distribution.

Figure 9. Initial values distribution.

3) the balanced tension values don’t present hot spot (cf. node“Utilitaire Compile”) and are strongly redistributed around the average level-cf. nodes colour and dimension in the graph Predictive , Figure 7 and curve at the center of Figure 8.

4) maximums are lower for balanced values than for initial values, about 5 times lower for the intensity values and 60 times lower for the tension values-cf. vertical scales and curves in Figure 8 and Figure 9; average values are lower for the balanced values than for the initial values, about 2,5 times lower for the intensity values and 14 times lower for the tension values-cf. vertical scales and curves in Figure 8 and Figure 9.

5) average values are lower for the balanced values than for the initial values, about 2,5 times lower for the intensity values and 14 times lower for the tension values-cf. vertical scales and curves in Figure 8 and Figure 9.

Studying the skills networks presented in Figure 7, we have begun to identify visual and interesting particularities. For instance, within the initial networks, the keywords “erreur” and “message” appear as main activity and tension sources whilst “erreur” concerns much more collaborators than “message”-cf., Figure 7. The overall recommendation exhibited by the balanced networks seems to make sense, whilst it foresees intensity increasement about “message”, and it foresees the tension decreasement of the electronic account “Utilitaire Compile”, counterbalanced by the increased number of collaborators working about “message”.

Concerning the biggest “hot” spot appearing in the initial weighed networks, which corresponds with a generic account shared by various collaborators (i.e., node Utilitaire Compile), we observe an unexpected particularity. The spot disappears in the predictive recommendation and a new red coloured group appears, related to the keyword “message”.

We have been positively surprised when retrieving most of the individuals who used the shared account within the new recommended group, although there was absolutely no explicit information associating these individuals to the shared account in the studied database. We also have noticed two related knowledge exhibited by the initial tensions weighs and denoted by the terms “lettre, faute”-trad., “letter, fault or default”. The relevance of synonyms in our example could be improved using better semantic referentials (cf. Section 5.1), however these terms possibly represent a recommendation for social capital management within the studied workgroup.

Our experimentation shows that at constant total intensity, predictive recommendation decreases the tension values within the studied skills network. According to our epistemic paradigm, the recommendation resulting from our predictive model is susceptible to foster the performance of workgroups and the amelioration of social climate.

According to the experts, the dynamic model of predictive SNA we have defined produces 1) a principle of reduction of the tension/stress at work, 2) some precise indications for training management (training plan), and 3) some recommendations for human and social capital management―e.g., employs and careers management and development. The validity of these outcomes is confirmed by the experts in Human Resources Management (HRM) and in Human Capital Management (HCM) involved in the Socioprise project12. The first results presented reveal numerous indications and recommendations looking propitious to the amelioration of perfor- mance and social climate, but they still need to be studied in order to release more easy-to-understand in- dications.

Future applications of the Socioprise project have been presented in a large professional event (Human Resources 2012, Paris-France), and a new project has been studied. It is based on the development of spanning- tree and graph factorization models aiming at the production of innovative end-user software.

7. Conclusion and Perspectives

Based on Kripke semantics [19] , we have detected and reduced a semantic incoherence due to an incompleteness of the electro-physic metaphor commonly employed in Social Network Analysis. Our theoretical approach defines an epistemic paradigm applicable to various social graph structures. We apply it to a socio-semantic structure of social network named skills network on demand, which contributes to semantic and dynamic SNA and makes our theoretical findings easier to perceive.

From an applicative standpoint, our epistemic paradigm produces first a metric of stress at work based on individual/collective knowledge and on spontaneous numerical activity, which bias might be lower than questions-based surveys. Based on our epistemic paradigm, we define a semantic and predictive model of dynamic SNA for Enterprises Social Networks, experimented with a professional dataset (patent). Its application to social capital management helps in fostering psychosocial risk reduction, professional well-being and overall, peaceful social climate.

From a theoretical standpoint, the metaphysic approach we develop paves the way for electrodynamics and thermo-dynamics metaphors in graph models, possibly resulting in future dynamic SNA measures. The applicative perspective of our findings can extend to various interdisciplinary applications based on graph theory.

Categories and Subject Descriptors

H.1.0 [Information Systems Applications]: Models and Principles, General; M.4 [Knowledge Management]: Knowledge Modeling; K.4.2 [Computing Milieux]: Computers and Society, Social Issues.

General Terms

Social Networks Analysis, Semantics, Modal Logic, Knowledge Engineering.


1In modern physics, the electromagnetic force is one of the 4 forces enabling the creation of Universe. The 3 others forces are: gravitation, weak nuclear force and strong nuclear force.

2Our findings concern all graph analysis models entailing the Kirchhoff’s laws (not only SNA models).

8Types and number of relationships can change depending on the semantic referential used for skills graph automatic building.

9Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) is a re-quest for comments (W3C) specific to multilingual thesaurus management.

10The calculated values are normalized in so as to be loaded in a graph visualization software―i.e., Gephi,

11We have not yet proofed this particularity as a result of the regular behavior of the model.

12The involved experts in HRM and HCM are specialized consultants of the company OpenPortal Software, managing large client relationships.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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