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A project by Petko Dourmana -

SociоScan Project is a web interface (platform) for the scanning and

mapping of personal information that is exchanged in virtual

communication, particularly in chat rooms. The methodology is

reminiscent of the medical test for the detection of sociopathic

disorders, where a brain scanner is used to indicate in real time the

mutations in the brain functions, based on the reactions to emotional

words and/or images.

The project scans and visualizes people's communications in the chat

rooms through a statistical analysis of the use of various key words

with emotional meaning in selected chat channels on the Internet. The

output is a colorized clustering map, operating with: size, color and

brightness, representing in real time the changes in the use of listed

emotional words. The visual aesthetics of the map is similar to the

image of the human brain, created by the PET (Positron emission

tomography) scanner.

For the project's purpose a special IRC bot has been developed. It

operates in the chat channels, indicating the use of key words with

emotional resonance. The keywords are given to the bot in an advanced

list in order to recognize them.

The user can reinforce the activity of chat channels by spreading out

sentences that include some words with emotional resonance and also to

add words from the web interface.

Whenever the bot detects the use of one of the keywords, it streams a

report to the server that visualizes in real time the statistic trough

web interface. The visualization system of the project SociоScan map

uses the "treemap" algorithm - a space-constrained visualization of

hierarchical structures, developed by the Human Computer Interaction

Lab, University of Maryland.