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JU researchers published in Bioethics

JU researchers published in <em>Bioethics</em>

Researchers from the JU Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics (INCET), Piotr Bystranowski, Vilius Draneika and Tomasz Żuradzki, have used techniques employed in the area of Digital Humanities, particularly topic modelling, to analyse a database of 20,000 papers from 7 leading international journals specialising in bioethics and philosophy of medicine. The results of their research have been published in the latest issue of Bioethics.

'Topic modeling—a text-mining technique often used to uncover thematic structures in large collections of texts—has been increasingly frequently used in the context of the analysis of scholarly output. In this study, we construct a corpus of 19,488 texts published since 1971 in seven leading journals in the field of bioethics and philosophy of medicine, and we use a machine learning algorithm to identify almost 100 topics representing distinct themes of interest in the field. On the basis of intertopic correlations, we group the content-based topics into eight clusters, thus providing a novel, fine-grained intellectual map of bioethics and philosophy of medicine. Moreover, we conduct a number of diachronic analyses, examining how the “prominence” of different topics has changed across time. In this way, we are able to observe the distinct patterns in which bioethics and philosophy of medicine have evolved and changed their focus over the past half a century,' reads the abstract of the paper.

The full publication is available in the Wiley Online Library.

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