AAAI Publications, Sixth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

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Visualizing Information Diffusion and Polarization with Key Statements
Andrew Salway, Nicholas Diakopoulos, Dag Elgesem

Last modified: 2012-05-20


This paper reports ongoing work in the “Networks of Texts and People” project, which is developing methods to visualize the social and epistemological contexts of information contained in blogs. Here, we propose an approach to visualize information diffusion and polarization in the blogosphere, with two novel characteristics. Firstly, we demonstrate how text content can be analyzed and visualized as key statements, rather than as keywords. Secondly, we sketch and discuss ideas for a visual analytic tool that integrates data about blog networks with data about the occurrence of related key statements in blog posts.


blogs; information diffusion; polarization; unsupervised information extraction; social network analysis; visual analytics; key statements; blog networks

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