Visualising discussions

To explore the content of discussions, I created a framework using which one could fetch the most recent TweetChat for any particular #tag and a complimentary GUI which allowed one to explore the transcript of the conversation. This GUI made use of GraphViz engine to layout some of the graphs, while other layouts were written by my.

To make the graphs interactive, I used a modified version of the immensely useful XDot.

Figure 1: GUI for visualizing conversations
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This is one particular chat from the chat #TheOnlineMom which is used for illustration here.

Many interesting things can be seen happening in the chat:

Figure: The temporal progression of the chat; from start (top) to end (bottom). It is clear that the chat is about Halloween and kids (and LOL )
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Figure 3: Batgirl dress is Aww..
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Figure: What words were used with small flashlight . Notice that it was suggested as a safety tip for Halloween.
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Figure: What other safety tips were given?
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Figure: And what goes with a good agh
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It was seen that the content and connection between words could give one insights into the psychology and the social demographics of the group.

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musically_ut 2014-04-03