#ethics21 Mapping

In the Friday’s live session, several aspects came up that warrant a more detailed discussion of my tool and its provisionary use for visualizing some connections.

1. First: no, it does not offer varying line widths, just a coloring called ‘pale’ for vague connections.

It is not intended as an expressive visualization of clearly defined structures.

2. Placeholders:

“the idea here is if you get enough input and enough of these graphs and you think of these words, these symbols just as placeholders, but actually not actually as representations of anything.”

The label of an item is almost irrelevant if the description is immediately available alongside as in the right pane of my tool, which therefore satisfies the idea of a placeholder label that does not need no agonizing over it. You can even omit the label altogether. And color the icon as pale if you are still unsure.

3. Keyword mapping:

“simple keyword mapping isn’t really going to do the job” … “If you have multiple layers, multiple connected layers, you can really do some fine tuning”

Between the two outer columns, you can always place intermediate/ temporary items. (See the picture below for how I did it before submitting my Week 4 task.)

So by fiddling and fumbling with the items, you can manually try out what kind of operations you would later expect the AI to do, as it was discussed in the live session. My think tool is not optimized for finished structures, but rather for raw material for thinking.

Here is a quote of the book I just started to read:

“By treating information as a resource, as raw material rather than a finished product, we give ourselves permission to adapt, modify, and transform it into a shape that aids understanding and makes us better thinkers.”

Stephen P. Anderson; Karl Fast; Christina Wodtke. Figure It Out: Getting from Information to Understanding (Kindle-Positionen 231-232). Rosenfeld Media.

But of course you are welcome to use it however you want.

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3 Responses to #ethics21 Mapping

  1. Variable width lines (set by weight=”n” for both nodes and edges) https://ethics.mooc.ca/mytooldemo/x28map.html?ethics21a.xml

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  2. x28 says:

    Thank you, I am again amazed how you manage to understand and alter my messy Javascript code.


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