n Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie - Die kwantifisering en toepassing van modulariteit in die Afrikaanse filmbedryf (1994-2014) as 'n komplekse netwerk : oorspronklike navorsing

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0254-3486
  • E-ISSN: 2222-4173



Die netwerkteorie het die afgelope aantal jare 'ontplof', deels vanweë ontwikkelinge in rekenaarprogrammatuur en -apparatuur, en deels vanweë die toenemende beskikbaarheid van groot, digitale datastelle. Die meerderheid ontwikkelinge het vanuit die gemeenskap van fisici plaasgevind, veral na twee seminale studies in die laat negentigerjare in hierdie veld die lig gesien het, en sedertdien het ontwikkelinge binne die teorie van komplekse netwerke só vinnig toegeneem dat daar min velde binne die wetenskap is waar dié teorie nog nie toegepas is nie.

Network theory has become an indispensable theoretical framework for the study of complex systems, and significant advances have been made within the community of physicists who study network topology. One problem, however, is that applications have been less extensive than theoretical and algorithmic developments, and in this article, the concept of modularity is discussed and applied to the Afrikaans film industry in order to investigate how modularity can inform us about the structure of this industry. By constructing a network of everyone involved in all the Afrikaans films released between 1994 and 2014, modularity is calculated, using the Blondel et al. algorithm. And it is illustrated that some directors tend to use similar groups of people in their films, but it is also indicated that other directors use more diverse sets of people. Suggestions are made as well for further research.

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