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Monday, April 9 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
POSTER: Combining Concept Mapping and Text Analysis for Conceptual Model Development

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AUTHORS: Kyndra Hanson, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability; Jack Friedman, Center for Applied Social Research; Sophie Plassin, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability; Stephanie Paladino, Center for Applied Social Research; Jennifer Koch, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability

ABSTRACT: A major step to model development is to develop the conceptual model of the system under study. Researchers typically use some form of concept mapping for developing ideas and structuring thoughts early in the model development process. Formalizing a concept mapping process ensures that critical components are accounted for and the system under study is represented thoroughly. We propose that adding a text analysis of transcribed stakeholder interviews or documents to add the missing details and help discover what may not actually need to be represented in the conceptual model. Combining the two typically exclusive processes of concept mapping and text analysis connects stakeholder contribution to the modeling process through improved conceptualization of the system under study. We began the concept mapping process by using the online framework, Mental Modeler, to develop a set of concept maps that represent how stakeholders understand the Rio Grande River. Next, a text analysis was conducted through the python software package Gensim, where an LDA analysis was produced to identify topics that emerged from stakeholder interviews. By combing both concept mapping and text analysis we are able to further identify important topics to the stakeholders and fill in or address any missing gaps in knowledge into one concept model. In this paper, we present how concept maps were constructed and how we used text analysis to complement the concept maps.

Monday April 9, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Monroe Room

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