What if we were to record many different speakers on many different subjects and, from those recordings, isolate statements relating to specific writers, or subjects?
Could we then take those statements, look at them as graphic lines, with marks at certain points where these writers and subjects are mentioned, marks that could act as points of attraction and intersection with other statement-lines plotted on the plane of a graph?
What would this arrangement of lines tell us about the relation between the speakers?
Statements as a sequence of meanings over time, with the graph plotting time against subject matter.
Am I unnecessarily complexifying what is essentially a simple relationship?