Category Archives: personal analysis

Wolfram Alpha and Social Networks

Stephen Wolfram posted recently on an update to Wolfram Alpha.  You can now type in ‘facebook report’ at the Wolfram Alpha prompt.  The new command displays a whole host of interesting data mining from the information you’ve placed on Facebook over the years. My favorite tidbit?  The clustered network graph of my friends.  Nothing shocking here, but […]

Gender differences, Twitter and Videogames

I was recently introduced to Tweet-o-Life via the quite amazing Nathan Yau over at Flowing Data.  The Tweet-o-Life project was a study by Amaç Herdağdelen and Marco Baroni of habits on Twitter.  They looked at millions of tweets to identify behaviors of two kinds, ones based on gender and ones based on time of day.  They’ve since made […]

Text Message Analysis, Chapter 3

So far in our exploration text messaging, we’ve analyzed the time of day each message arrives and the structure of each message.  We’ve been able to pick out typical behaviors like timing of sleep cycles and life events like a trip to Switzerland.  We’ve found a relationship between the structure of messages and the kind […]

Victor Hugo, the original texter

By way of today’s episode of Ze Frank’s “a show” Victor Hugo wanted to know how his book, Les Miserables, was doing.  So he wrote his publisher.  All he included in his letter was  a single character, a “?”  His publisher wrote back with a single character, a “!”  So little information, so much exformation, […]

Text message analysis, chapter 2

Let’s continue with our analysis of text message behavior by shifting over into content.  One of the first things to understand is the form of each message.  What’s the length of each message? As a function of length, how does the content of the message change?  To begin with…

Text message analysis, chapter 1

A couple of months ago I read Stephen Wolfram’s article about analyzing his emails and saved files.  If you’ve not seen it yet, it’s definitely worth a read.  I was intrigued and wanted to apply a few of these analysis ideas to my own life.  I don’t have 30 years of saved email (yet), but […]