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Inferring and Visualizing Social Networks on Internet Relay Chat

Mutton, P. (2004) Inferring and Visualizing Social Networks on Internet Relay Chat. In: Banissi, Ebad and Borner, Katy and Chen, Chaomei and Dastbaz, Mohammad and Clapworthy, Gordon, eds. Eighth International Conference on Information Visualisation, 2004. IEEE International Conference on Information Visualisation . IEEE, pp. 35-43. ISBN 0-7695-2177-0. (doi:10.1109/IV.2004.1320122) (KAR id:14119)

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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: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/IV.2004.1320122
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: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:01 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:24 UTC
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