Node connection strength in LinguisTree.
Each node in LinguisTree can be characterized by its mean distance from every other node. Below is a histogram of mean distances for every node in the tree. The final bin includes nodes that are not connected to the main tree. Note also that only individuals whose primary affiliation is this tree are included. Nodes cross-listed from other academic trees are included on their primary tree.

Mean inter-node distance

4730-
3784-
2838-
1892-
946-

9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19+
Mean distance
 Number of nodes 



20 most tightly coupled nodes.
Below are the LinguisTree nodes with shortest mean distance.

Rank Mean dist Name Institution Area Date
1 9.3 Noam Chomsky (Info) Massachusetts Institute of Technology Language 2005-10-22
2 10.49 John A. Goldsmith (Info) University of Chicago 2010-04-06
3 10.61 Alan Prince (Info) Rutgers University Phonology, Optimality theory 2009-08-03
4 10.94 John Robert Ross (Info) University of North Texas syntax, semantics, linguistics 2010-08-17
5 10.96 Paul V. Kiparsky (Info) Stanford University Phonology 2009-06-03
6 11.26 Barbara H. Partee (Info) University of Massachusetts, Amherst formal semantics 2009-07-14
7 11.45 Steven P. Abney (Info) Massachusetts Institute of Technology computational linguistics, digital linguistics 2015-10-31
8 11.46 David M. Perlmutter (Info) University of California, San Diego syntax, Relational Grammar, Russian, ASL 2011-02-03
9 11.5 Sabine Iatridou (Info) Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2010-01-08
10 11.58 James D. McCawley (Info) University of Chicago Syntax, semantics, phonology 2009-07-09
11 11.61 Maria Luisa Zubizarreta (Info) University of Southern California Syntax, Second Language Acquisition 2009-06-01
12 11.63 C.-T. James Huang (Info) Harvard University natural language syntax 2012-03-27
13 11.63 Howard Lasnik (Info) University of Maryland, College Park syntax 2009-06-03
14 11.65 Robin T. Lakoff (Info) University of California, Berkeley Sociolinguistics, pragmatics 2009-07-27
15 11.65 Ivan A. Sag (Info) Stanford University 2010-04-04
16 11.7 Edwin S. Williams (Info) Princeton University syntax, morphology 2015-01-28
17 11.7 Rajendra Singh (Info) Université de Montréal 2010-03-21
18 11.71 Diane Massam (Info) University of Toronto Syntax, Niuean 2014-03-05
19 11.72 Joan W. Bresnan (Info) Stanford University 2010-04-06
20 11.77 Julie Anne Legate (Info) University of Pennsylvania 2015-11-06


Distribution of individual connectivity.
Another way to look at the LinguisTree graph is to plot a histogram of researchers (nodes) based according to the number of immediate connections (edges) they have to other researchers. The final bin includes nodes with 16 or more connections. The actual distribution has a very long tail, with a maximum of 88 connections. Thanks to Adam Snyder for suggesting this analysis!

Edge vs node distribution

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6853-
5140-
3426-
1713-

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16+
Number of connections
 Node count