SocioScan (2004)

SOCIOSCAN. A project by Petko Dourmana - http://www.socioscan.net 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 ...

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SOCIOSCAN. A project by Petko Dourmana - http://www.socioscan.net 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. http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/treemap

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