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Visualising Twitter User Timeline Activity in R

February 17, 2012
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Visualising Twitter User Timeline Activity in R

I’ve largely avoided “time” in R to date, but following a chat with @mhawksey at #dev8d yesterday, I went down a rathole last night exploring a few ways of visualising a Twitter user timeline and as a result also had a quick initial play with some time handling features of R, such as timeseries objects,

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Generating Twitter Wordclouds in R (Prompted by an Open Learning Blogpost)

February 15, 2012
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Generating Twitter Wordclouds in R (Prompted by an Open Learning Blogpost)

A couple of weeks ago I saw a great example of an open learning blogpost from @katy_bird: Generating a word cloud (or not) from a Twitter hashtag. It described the trials and tribulations associated with trying to satisfy a request for the generation of a wordcloud based on tweets associated with a specific Twitter hashtag.

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More Thoughts on Potential Audience Metrics for Hashtag Communities

February 10, 2012
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More Thoughts on Potential Audience Metrics for Hashtag Communities

Following on from the sketched ideas relating to estimating the Potential Audience Size for a Hashtag Community?, here are a few quick doodles around the graph representation of the tag users – followers graph that explore the extent to which we can use quite simple counts and analyses to get a feel for how the

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What is the Potential Audience Size for a Hashtag Community?

February 8, 2012
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What is the Potential Audience Size for a Hashtag Community?

What’s the potential audience size around a Twitter hashtag? Way back when, in the early days of webs stats, reported figures tended to centre around the notion of hits, the number of calls made to a server via website activity. I forget the details, but the metric was presumably generated from server logs. This measure

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Visualising Activity Around a Twitter Hashtag or Search Term Using R

February 6, 2012
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Visualising Activity Around a Twitter Hashtag or Search Term Using R

I think one of valid criticisms around a lot of the visualisations I post here and on my various #f1datajunkie blogs is that I often don’t post any explanatory context around the visualisations. This is partly a result of the way I use my blog posts in a selfish way to document the evolution of

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Experimenting With iGraph – and a Hint Towards Ways of Measuring Engagement?

January 27, 2012
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Experimenting With iGraph – and a Hint Towards Ways of Measuring Engagement?

For fear of being left way behind as Martin Hawksey starts to get to grips with R, (see for example how he’s using R to automate the annotation of Google Spreadsheets with calculations that don’t come readily or efficiently to hand in Google Spreadsheets itself), I thought I better try to get to grips with

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Social Media Interest Maps of Newsnight and BBCQT Twitterers

January 26, 2012
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Social Media Interest Maps of Newsnight and BBCQT Twitterers

I grabbed independent samples of 1500 recent users of the #newsnight and #bbcqt hashtags within a minute or two of each other about half an hour ago. Here’s who’s followed by 25 or more of the recent hashtaggers in each case. Can you distinguish the programmes each audience interest projection map relates to? Here’s the

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A Quick View Over a MASHe Google Spreadsheet Twitter Archive of UKGC12 Tweets

January 20, 2012
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A Quick View Over a MASHe Google Spreadsheet Twitter Archive of UKGC12 Tweets

Following on from A Tool Chain for Plotting Twitter Archive Retweet Graphs – Py, R, Gephi, here’s a quick view summary view over #UKGC12 tweets saved in Google Spreadsheet archive as developed by Martin Hawksey, generated from an R script (R code available here; #ukgc12 tweet archive here)… (I did mean to tidy these up,

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Amateur Mapmaking: Getting Started With Shapefiles

January 13, 2012
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Amateur Mapmaking: Getting Started With Shapefiles

One of the great things about (software) code is that people build on it and out from it… Which means that as well as producing ever more complex bits of software, tools also get produced over time that make it easier to do things that were once hard to do, or required expensive commercial software

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Over on F1DataJunkie, 2011 Season Review Doodles…

December 30, 2011
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Over on F1DataJunkie, 2011 Season Review Doodles…

Things have been a little quiet, post wise here, of late, in part because of the holiday season… but I have been posting notes on a couple of charts in progress over on the F1DataJunkie blog. Here are links to the posts in chronological order – they capture the evolution of the chart design(s) to

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