Ipseology

the study of human identity
using large datasets
and computational methods

Ipseology Glossary

Absent (event)
Events are tallied when a bio is observed at two time points. An Absent event occurs when the token of interest is not present at both points in time. Compare to Add, Delete and Keep events.
Add (event)
Events are tallied when a bio is observed at two time points. An Add event occurs when the token of interest is not present at the first moment and is present at the second moment.
Alloy
In ipseology, an alloy is the mixture of two elements of identity. If two tokens are present in a bio at the same time, they form an alloy.
Annual resolution
If we observe bios once per year (or sample to one-per-year) we can discuss year-over-year changes/trends in ipseity. Call this annual resolution. Compare to daily resolution.
Bio / Biography
A bio is short text, written by an individual to describe themselves.
Daily resolution
If we observe bios once per day (or sample to one-per-day) we can discuss day-to-day changes/trends in ipseity. Call this daily resolution. Compare to annual resolution.
Delete (event)
Events are tallied when a bio is observed at two time points. A Delete event occurs when the token of interest is present at the first moment and not present at the second moment.
Ipseology
Ipseology is the study of human identity using large datasets and computational methods. It is the investigation of ipseity: personal identity, selfhood and the essential elements of identity.
Keep (event)
Events are tallied when a bio is observed at two time points. A Keep event occurs when the token of interest is present at the first moment and is also present at the second moment.
Longitudinal online profile sampling / LOPS
A method for ipseology that involves analyzing aggregate trends within corpora of snapshots of personally expressed identity text found in online profiles for many individuals at different points in time. Reference
Personally expressed identity

Personally expressed identity is who or what an individual themselves says they are.
It is personal – the individual is describing themselves.
It is expressed – these are words the individual emits, where others might see them.
And it describes identity – the explicit purpose of the text is description of the author.

Token

A token is one linguistic unit. Bios consist of tokens, and we may split a bio into a series or set of tokens.

Tokens include words such as one would find in the dictionary, but also word-like things such as abbreviations, hashtags and emoji. Crucially, and happily for our purposes, a great many of these tokens describe aspects of identity – such as social roles, affiliations and personal traits.

Transmutation
In ipseology, a transmutation is the change within an individual from one element of identity to another. If Token A is present in a bio at the first moment, and it is not present at the second moment, while Token B was not present at the first moment and present at the second, then the individual has signaled a transmutation from Token A to Token B.
Social role signifier
A social role is a socially constructed set of expectations regarding behaviors, rights and obligations of a person when they occupy a particular position. A social role signifier is a token that represents a social role, i.e. a word that denotes a position that most members of a society would recognize and understand.

Ipseology is the new study of identity. It is the investigation of ipseity: personal identity, selfhood and the essential elements of identity.

This website is Ipseology Central - a place to explore ipseology data, methods, visualizations and publications. It is maintained by Dr. Jason Jeffrey Jones, director of the Computational Social Science of Emerging Realities Group.