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Irad Lee

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Spamology is a live audiovisual representation of word frequencies in spam e-mail messages. The visualization is based on analysis of a private archive of spam messages which were collected during 10 years (1998-2007), containing up to 2,000,000 emails originated from various parts of the world. Spam data is visualized in a 3D landscape, where popular words are represented as rectangular structures of various heights, illustrating the occurrence rate of each word in the archive year.

Spamology is a part of ongoing research examining the nature of Spam as a digital-cultural phenomenon. The project aims at visualizing the links and interrelationships between the contents of spam, the user/individual and the society, by revealing patterns in spam which may reflect cultural and social trends, behaviors and variations.