Grexit stage left: visualizing the online discussion around Greece’s possible Euro exit

May 24, 2012
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(This article was first published on Bommarito Consulting » r, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

style="text-align: justify;">  While Tsipras and his Syriza coalition have been busy in Greek parliament, the Internet has been a-buzz with speculation that their platform will result in a Greek exit from the Euro currency.  This prospect, affectionately dubbed “Grexit” by Citi in February, has been making the rounds on Twitter under the hashtag  title="#grexit" href="http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23grexit" >#grexit.  We think the amount of traffic on this hashtag is a good representation of market fear; by measuring and analyzing this traffic, we can help businesses quantify their political and currency risk in real-time.

style="text-align: justify;">  The Twitter visualizations below are a sneak peek of Twitter research reports produced in partnership with title="Solid Logic" href="http://www.solidlogic.com/" >Solid Logic Inc.  These reports are produced with a combination of title="R" href="http://www.r-project.org/" >R, title="ggplot2" href="http://had.co.nz/ggplot2/" >ggplot2, title="Gephi" href="https://gephi.org/" >gephi, title="Pentaho" href="http://www.pentaho.com/" >Pentaho, and skilled writers, in just the right blend.  When the magic is done, you get:

  • Professionally written executive summaries of conditions, trends, and actors.
  • An analysis of important actors in the space.
  • A list of important, related concepts.
  • Charts that summarize this information for easy consumption and presentation.
  • And, last but not least, data for you to keep!
id="attachment_846" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 560px"> href="http://michaelbommarito.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ts_tweet_user_grexit.jpg"> class="size-large wp-image-846" title="Time series of tweets on #grexit" src="http://michaelbommarito.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ts_tweet_user_grexit-1024x682.jpg" alt="Time series of tweets on #grexit" width="550" height="366" /> class="wp-caption-text">Time series of tweets on #grexit

id="attachment_844" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 560px"> href="http://michaelbommarito.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/top_users2.jpg"> class="size-large wp-image-844" title="Top Twitter Users for #grexit" src="http://michaelbommarito.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/top_users2-1024x682.jpg" alt="Top Twitter Users for #grexit" width="550" height="366" /> class="wp-caption-text">Top Twitter Users for #grexit

style="text-align: justify;">  Sound useful to you?  Interested in a free, sample report for the hashtag of your choosing?   title="Contact" href="http://michaelbommarito.com/contact/" >Drop us a line and we’ll arrange a trial.

style="text-align: justify;">  P.S. Spend some time checking out title="Solid Logic Inc" href="http://www.solidlogic.com/" >Solid Logic, a great firm based in Birmingham, MI.  I’ll be spending more time working with Eric and the team there to build some exciting products.  Stay tuned for more on this front in the next month.

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