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Visualizing Publicly Available US Government Data Online | #dataviz #opengov

Visualizing Publicly Available US Government Data Online | #dataviz #opengov | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it

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luiy's curator insight, September 23, 6:02 AM

Brightpoint Consulting recently released a small collection of interactive visualizations based on open, publicly available data from the US government. Characterized by a rather organic graphic design style and color palette, each visualization makes a socially and politically relevant dataset easily accessible.

 

Suvi Salo's curator insight, September 23, 8:07 AM

Interactive links:

http://www.brightpointinc.com/united-states-trade-deficit/

http://www.brightpointinc.com/political_influence/

http://www.brightpointinc.com/2013-federal-budget/

 

 

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Mining of Massive Datasets | #bigdata #datascience #freebook


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I like this book.  I had a class a Coursera where we used this text.  One of the things it helped me with was the mechanics of clustering and using different ways to measure distance between objects in a euclidean or non-euclidean space.  Plus there is a lot of stuff on Map-Reduce as well.

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Netflix Is Building an Artificial Brain Using Amazon's Cloud | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Netflix Is Building an Artificial Brain Using Amazon's Cloud | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
In an effort to further hone its recommendation engine, Netflix is delving into “deep learning,” a branch of artificial intelligence that tries to mimic the structure of the human brain to solve problems that are usually too difficult for computers.
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Facebook 'stalker' tool uses Graph Search for powerful data mining

Facebook 'stalker' tool uses Graph Search for powerful data mining | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
When a high-profile public figure living in Hong Kong hired the security company Trustwave to test if its experts could get his passwords, they turned to Facebook.

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ukituki's curator insight, October 19, 2013 7:44 AM

"We found out through Facebook who his wife was," said Jonathan Werrett, a managing consultant for Trustwave's SpiderLabs in Hong Kong. "We found out through her likes -- her public likes -- that she ran a pilates studio. We could then send a phishing email to her based around the fact that she ran a pilates studio that was hiring."

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Lesson from Iraq: It Takes a Network to Defeat a Network

Lesson from Iraq: It Takes a Network to Defeat a Network | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
“This is what we look like,” I said, as I drew a line-and-block chart on a whiteboard inside our Balad, Iraq headquarters. It laid out a neat, geometric hierarchy. “So”—I pointed to the same diagram—
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It was interesting that the author carried the analogy over to companies taking on a new structure and not know what the end result would look like.  Agile companies will be a distrupive force in the marketplace going forward in the 21st century.

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#Gephi and the Streaming module | #SNA

#Gephi and the Streaming module | #SNA | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it

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luiy's curator insight, September 26, 2013 1:18 PM
Gephi and the Streaming modulePosté le 16 septembre 2013 par Matthieu Totet

As you may have remark if you follow me, I’m a big fan of Gephi with the streaming module.

In this article, I want to share how it can be use « officially » (I mean, on the way it was designed I think) and some tricks that can be used  .

Presentation Gephi Streaming

To be simple, the Gephi Streaming module allow to stream graph over HTTP(S) between 2 gephi instances. Basically, you send some JSON that say add a node, remove an edge, change a node etc… to gephi. There is a marketplace, a wikiand some articles that explain the concept and a beginning of a protocol.

If you’re using the API, you will probably ask « Why ? the Java API can do everything and more ». And I agree with you, but the API is quite confusing on the way that it’s not « simple » to boot it up for a simple project  (ok I didn’t spend a lot of time on it but I tried and I wasn’t convinced).

I also bet that you (Data scientists, Data journalist, Data pornographists ,etc …)  use python or ruby or scala or R or whatever other programming language. Gephi Streaming is based on HTTP(S) / REST , it means that it’s open to almost every language, as long at you have a minimum support of HTTP transaction.

It sounds also possible to share and work on live graphs (live streaming of twitter status e.g) with people all over the world via internet.

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Hummingbird - A New Google Search Algorithm - iProgrammer

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What Hummingbird is designed to do, even if we can't know how, is to move away from simple-minded keyword Boolean searches to returning results to semantic queries.

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luiy's curator insight, September 30, 2013 4:34 AM

What Hummingbird is designed to do, even if we can't know how, is to move away from simple-minded keyword Boolean searches to returning results to semantic queries. In other words, in the past if you typed "How high is the Eiffel Tower" the words "How", "is" and "the" would probably have been discarded as nuisance words and the search would have produced results based on keyword frequencies of "Eiffel", "Tower" and "high". Now Hummingbird is claimed to take the whole phrase and attempt to return pages that might have ranked low on a simple keyword count but actually answer the question.  

 

In this sense it is an extension of Google's Knowledge graph that aims to categorize knowledge in a more human way than a simple index. 

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US Military Scientists Solve the Fundamental Problem of Viral Marketing | MIT Technology Review

US Military Scientists Solve the Fundamental Problem of Viral Marketing  | MIT Technology Review | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
Network theorists working for the US military have worked out how to identify the small “seed” group of people who can spread a message across an entire network
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Tracking criminal movement using math

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Will the next strike be near or far away?  Philadelphia, PA—One way to study criminal behavior and predict a criminal’s next move is by analyzing his or her movement.
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I have seen a video talking about the UCLA model.  The police would just hit boxes that were hot spots several times a day during a patrol.  They could spend time there or just drive through it at different times of day.  It reduce crime in the test district by 12%.

It is interesting to expand on theat model and see how criminals benefit from a few short hops.

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How working with open data can help your charity do incredible things

How working with open data can help your charity do incredible things | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
It's a new concept for many voluntary bodies – but better use of statistics can improve research, intelligence and planning, says Tim Smedley (RT @GdnVoluntary: Open data can help charities improve research, intelligence and planning
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Graphing the history of philosophy

Graphing the history of philosophy | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
If you are interested in this data set you might like my latest post where I use it to make book recommendations. This one came about because I was searching for a data set on horror films (don't a...

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More Than 800,000 Scientific Papers In One Beautiful Infographic

More Than 800,000 Scientific Papers In One Beautiful Infographic | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it

ArXiv is an online archive that stores hundreds of thousands of scientific papers in physics, mathematics, and other fields. The citations in those papers link to one another, forming a web, but you're not going to see those connections just by sifting through the archive.

So physicist Damien George and Ph.D student Rob Knegjens took it on themselves to create Paperscape, an interactive infographic that beautifully and intuitively charts the papers.

The infographic is a mass of circles. Each circle represents a paper, and the bigger a circle is, the more highly cited it is. The papers are color-coded by discipline--pink for astrophysics, yellow for math, etc.--and papers that share many of the same citations are placed closer together.


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This is cool!  It is like the map of the Internet done last year sometime.

I lucked out and found the section about SNA in the lower left hand side of the map.  Look for Network under the Quantitative Finance section, go figure.

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This Is What Informal Transit Looks Like When You Actually Map It

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An experiment from Nairobi with implications for the urbanizing world.
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Network Science Book by Albert Laszlo Barabasi

Network Science Book by Albert Laszlo Barabasi | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
The power of network science, the beauty of network visualization.

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Animal Behaviour » Game Theory in Regards to Evolution

Game theory follows the assumption that organisms participating are rational and will therefore choose the action that shows the greatest benefit (Weibull 1997). Rationality however is not always the case as is shown in ...
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ClearStory Data Designs An Analytics Platform That Is About The Experience As Much As The Technology | TechCrunch

ClearStory Data Designs An Analytics Platform That Is About The Experience As Much As The Technology | TechCrunch | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
ClearStory has launched a data analytics service that the company says is one of the first to offer a core back-end technology that includes rich visuals and..

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Researchers Draw Romantic Insights From Maps of Facebook Networks

Researchers Draw Romantic Insights From Maps of Facebook Networks | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
Two computer scientists analyzing Facebook data found that spouses and romantic partners in the strongest relationships tend to act as bridges to different parts of a person’s social world.
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It was interesting that a lasting relationship shares different cliques that the people participate. I am not sure if it is the news media understood the standard SNA terms or the author were making up new terms.  A lot of the terms sounded like existing calculations just used in a different way than before.

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From Tweet to Blog Post to Peer-Reviewed Article: How to be a Scholar Now

From Tweet to Blog Post to Peer-Reviewed Article: How to be a Scholar Now | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it

Digital media is changing how scholars interact, collaborate, write and publish. Here, Jessie Daniels describes how to be a scholar now, when peer-reviewed articles can begin as Tweets and blog posts. In this new environment, scholars are able to create knowledge in ways that are more open, more fluid, and more easily read by wider audiences.


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luiy's curator insight, September 26, 2013 11:56 AM

Digital media is changing how scholars interact, collaborate, write and publish. Here,Jessie Daniels describes how to be a scholar now, when peer-reviewed articles can begin as Tweets and blog posts. In this new environment, scholars are able to create knowledge in ways that are more open, more fluid, and more easily read by wider audiences.

Digital media is changing how I do my work as a scholar. How I work today bares little resemblance to the way I was trained as a scholar, but has everything to do with being fluid with both scholarship and digital technologies.  To illustrate what I mean by this, I describe the process behind a recent article of mine that started with a Tweet at an academic conference, then became a blog post, then a series of blog posts, and was eventually an article in a peer-reviewed journal.

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The rule | #dataviz #SNA

The rule | #dataviz #SNA | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it

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luiy's curator insight, September 26, 2013 8:43 PM
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Overview
They Rule aims to provide a glimpse of some of the relationships of the US ruling class. It takes as its focus the boards of some of the most powerful U.S. companies, which share many of the same directors. Some individuals sit on 5, 6 or 7 of the top 1000 companies. It allows users to browse through these interlocking directories and run searches on the boards and companies. A user can save a map of connections complete with their annotations and email links to these maps to others. They Rule is a starting point for research about these powerful individuals and corporations.

 

 

Context
A few companies control much of the economy and oligopolies exert control in nearly every sector of the economy. The people who head up these companies swap on and off the boards from one company to another, and in and out of government committees and positions. These people run the most powerful institutions on the planet, and we have almost no say in who they are. This is not a conspiracy, they are proud to rule, yet these connections of power are not always visible to the public eye.

 

Karl Marx once called this ruling class a 'band of hostile brothers.' They stand against each other in the competitve struggle for the continued accumulation of their capital, but they stand together as a family supporting their interests in perpetuating the profit system as whole. Protecting this system can require the cover of a 'legitimate' force - and this is the role that is played by the state. An understanding of this system can not be gleaned from looking at the inter-personal relations of this class alone, but rather how they stand in relation to other classes in society. Hopefully They Rule will raise larger questions about the structure of our society and in whose benefit it is run.

 

 

The Data
We do not claim that this data is 100% accurate at all times. Corporate directors have a habit of dying, quitting boards, joining new ones and most frustratingly passing on their names to their children who not entirely coincidently are also found to be members of US corporate boards. There is no single easily parsed single authoritative public record containing these shifting datasets. Luckily there is LittleSis.org a community of obsessive data miners who specialize in "profiling the powers that be." Little Sis has very generously made their data available to They Rule through their API. If you see something that is incorrect you can contribute to both projects by signing up at Little Sis and editing the data there. That correction should become immediately available on They Rule, however, it will not be instantly updated in the auto-mode or in saved maps.

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What Drives Online vs. Offline Word of Mouth: Major Differences Revealed in New Academic Study « Kellerfay

What Drives Online vs. Offline Word of Mouth: Major Differences Revealed in New Academic Study « Kellerfay | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
Robust new study shows drivers of word of mouth differ considerably for online vs. offline word of mouth, emotions tend to rule more offline with friends. These findings are significant for brand marketing decisions.
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Andrew Lo on the Adaptive Markets hypothesis - Clarendon Lectures 12th June 2013

In the first of his Clarendon lectures for Saïd Business School, Andrew Lo examines economic behaviour through the lens of evolutionary biology. He addresses...

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He has in interesting mindless mathmatical model that pridicts several types of behaviors.  I think some of them could help with behaviors with in Social Network Analysis.

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The Graph Of Mathematicians

The Graph Of Mathematicians | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
Whilst I'm in the area of 'influences' I thought it would be interesting to examine a few subnetworks within the large network of everyone. This time I set my scopes on mathematicians. There is no ...
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I thought this was interesting consider the amount of math involved in SNA.  I don't think it has any of the big names behind SNA but it does have a lot of others that I have read about recently, like Laplace, Gauss and Riemann.

It is from 2012 but still fun to look at.

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50+ Open Source Tools for Big Data (See Anything Missing?)

50+ Open Source Tools for Big Data (See Anything Missing?) | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
Open source software tools have become all the rage, especially around big data and that is a GOOD thing. It allows for many players to work off of the same code base to build more add-on tools an...

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Netlytic - Internet Community Text Analyzer

Netlytic - Internet Community Text Analyzer | Social Network Analysis | Scoop.it
RT @benjaminlind: Social network diagram of #snaspb2013 usage from http://t.co/5zPdtNSoQF http://t.co/usUjoqPpiz

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