Inferring and Visualizing Social Networks on Internet Relay Chat

Mutton, Paul (2004) Inferring and Visualizing Social Networks on Internet Relay Chat. In: To appear in Eighth International Conference on Information Visualization (IV04), JUL 14-16, 2004 , London, England. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Internet Relay Chat is a system that allows groups of people to collaborate and chat from anywhere in the world. Clearly defined by several RFC documents, it is arguably the most standard real-time chat system currently in use. This paper describes a method of inferring the social network of a group of IRC users in a channel. An IRC bot is used to monitor a channel and perform a heuristic analysis of events to create a mathematical approximation of the social network. From this, the bot can produce a visualization of the inferred social network on demand. These visualizations reveal the structure of the social network, highlighting connectivity, clustering and strengths of relationships between users. Animated output allows viewers to see the evolution of the social network over time. Some novel ideas for future work are discussed, showing other useful applications of this system.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: inferring, visualizing, social networks, internet relay chat, IRC, shakespeare
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Applied and Interdisciplinary Informatics Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:01
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 01:23
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14119 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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