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History and Basics of Semantic Networks
– Semantic networks have a long history, dating back to the third century AD.
– Richard H. Richens and Robert F. Simmons were early pioneers in implementing semantic networks.
– M. Ross Quillian and others contributed to the development of semantic networks in the 1960s.
– Semantic networks represent knowledge as a set of related concepts organized in a taxonomic hierarchy.
– Different semantic networks can be connected by bridge nodes.
– Co-occurrence networks are used to construct semantic networks by analyzing keyword frequencies.
– Semantic networks contribute to spreading activation, inheritance, and the representation of nodes as proto-objects.

Semantic Networks in Linguistics
– Semantic networks represent how the human mind handles associated concepts in linguistics.
– Concepts in a semantic network can have semantic relationships such as synonymy, antonymy, hypernymy, hyponymy, holonymy, meronymy, or metonymy.
– Associative relationships in semantic networks are based on the frequency of co-occurrence between concepts.
– Thematic relationships in semantic networks result from free association tests.
– Semantic networks exhibit taxonomic relationships and semantic similarity scores.

Semantic Networks in the Brain
– Physical manifestation of semantic relationships exists in the brain.
– Category-specific semantic circuits process words belonging to different categories in different brain locations.
– Semantic circuits for words associated with specific body parts are located in different areas of the brain.
– Disruption of semantic networks can lead to semantic deficits.
– A study by Friedemann Pulvermüller in 2013 demonstrated the presence of semantic circuits in the brain.

Specialized Forms of Semantic Networks
– The Semantic Similarity Network (SSN) simplifies semantic similarity representation and calculations.
– Knowledge Graphs are semantic networks with restricted edge relations for algebraic operations.
– Semantic Link Networks have been studied as a semantic social networking method.
– Semantic Link Networks have been extended from cyberspace to cyber-physical-social space.

Applications and Advantages of Semantic Networks
– Semantic networks are used in information retrieval, natural language processing, recommendation systems, knowledge graphs, and social network analysis.
– Semantic networks provide a flexible and scalable way to represent and organize knowledge.
– They enable efficient retrieval and capture complex relationships between concepts.
– Semantic networks can handle ambiguity and enable reasoning based on relationships.
– Challenges include manual effort, representing subjective or context-dependent knowledge, scalability, and capturing dynamic knowledge.
– Future directions include advancements in machine learning, integration with other technologies, automated construction and updating, and application to new domains.

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