Report on New Methods for Representing and Interacting with Qualitative Geographic Information, Stage 2: Task Group 3: Social-focused Use Case
Final rept. 1 Jan-30 Jun 2014
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV STATE COLLEGE
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This report documents Pennsylvania State Universitys PSU research on place-focused analysis of microblogs, specifically Twitter. The first section of the report introduces the goals for this task and briefly reviews both SensePlace 2 the web application in which we have implemented these new methods and prior work on Tasks 1 2. The second section of the report detailing the primary results of this component of research focuses on our approach for enabling query and visual exploration for social and other relationships in Twitter data and on the development and implementation of tools to support this task these include a Group Builder, a Force-directed Graph tool, and a Hive Plot that are dynamically connected to existing SensePlace 2 components. The third section of the report presents two scenarios of use to more fully illustrate the potential of the methods and tools implemented. Section four briefly summarizes adaptations made to our system architecture to support adding a social focus to the existing tweet and tweeter focus of our tools and to support scaling up to increasingly large data volumes. Finally, we summarize our progress and outline some future research challenges.
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