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Six Degrees of Separation

John Guare’s play and movie “Six Degrees of Separation” are based on the notion that any two people in the world selected at random can be linked together by no more than six degrees of separation. Guare’s script spawned the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, which shows that movie actors from any era can be linked to Kevin Bacon.

Computer Programs for Social Network Analysis

Social Networks is the premier journal for the study of social networks. It is an inter-disciplinary and international quarterly that provides a common forum for representatives of anthropology, sociology, history, social psychology, political science, human geography, biology, economics, communications science and other disciplines who share an interest in the structure of social relations and associations. The journal publishes theoretical, methodological and substantive papers.

Here's an overview of computer programs for Social Network Analysis.

Perception of information, conventional media vs blogging

Tuesday, May 28, 2002::Who do I trust: the New York Times, or Adam Curry ( *)

note: this is NOT about the political issue.

Place on the web::map?

- Place on the web - A Picture of Weblogs shows us a rendering of a great many weblogs, and all the links that interconnect them.
There is also a slightly more complex (Java >= 1.3) interface to these data, courtesy of

Place on the map - shows us where the bloggers are, organized by subway stop.

Does it mean people who use the web as a communicating tool, seek a way to get...i don't know find other people on their profile(on what they write), to discuss in the cafe around the corner? Geographical linking? Diana Ross;"i'm coming out"? WWWanna be known?....

Ps. as featured in the Wired 10.05; faces appeared next to the top blogs...

Google Graph Browsers; Related-pages browsing

This Google Graph Browser uses the Google SOAP API to build a visual Graph of page-relations.

(please bear in mind that the current applet is only a draft version and they are working to fix some bugs and limitations)

Based upon the Vanilla-vista, a project to envision and implement compelling, useful and/or enlightening visualizations of the Vanilla snip/link structure, as well as on TouchGraph, a great Java framework for creating dynamic graph visualizations developed by Alex Shapiro.

Analysis of heterogeneous datasets in social sciences: ReseauLu

The ReseauLu Project, done by Andrei Mogoutov (AGUIDEL, Paris, France) is devoted to the challenge of applying data mining and text mining methods to datasets in the social sciences. ReseauLu software finds patterns and relationships in data by using statistical and network analysis techniques. In addition to algorithms, the software has features to simplify the graphical representation of the data structures. The software simplifies the integration of analytical algorithms and visualization tools with database technology.

The ambition of the project is to provide for empirical research in social sciences analytical methods and software for treatment of heterogeneous data in the same framework:

- relational and survey data: surveys, network-oriented interviews, socio-technical networks and techno-economical networks;
- time-dependent data: biographical interviews and surveys, institutional history, professional mobility data;
- lexical analysis of texts, semantic content analysis, socio-semantic networks are applied for textual data - qualitative interviews, open questions of surveys and collections of texts.

Additional information and related topics can be obtained at the web site

Election Issue Tracker

The Election Issue Tracker is server-side software that queries newspaper databases daily to track the press resonance of political party platform issues, in the run up to the elections. One of the outcomes of the tracker is to identify the 'press-friendliest issues' and the 'press-friendliest parties' (on the basis of the relative press resonance of the each party's issues).

The interactive tool is watching the race and displaying attention to political issues. It's also ranking the parties on the basis of press attention to their issues.

But does press attention to party issues have any anticipatory value?

Eventhough the elections are over here in the Netherlands, still interesting as it shows the last weeks, and the fact we are making versions for other countries and their period of elections.

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