Department of Computational Social Science Seminar Abstract

Friday, October 5 - 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
Third Floor, Research Hall

Title: Geosocial Analysis & Modeling

Andrew Crooks
Asst. Professor
Computational Social Science
George Mason University

Abstract: Social media have drastically altered the concept of information contribution and dissemination by empowering the general public to publish and distribute user-generated content. By doing so they have fostered the emergence of an alternative form of information, which lacks the homogeneity and standards of authoritative datasets, yet often captures emerging dynamic events and situations better than official sources. Harvesting the content of social media feeds offers an unparalleled potential to capture in fine detail the intricacies of the human landscape. However, this opportunity comes with the challenge of developing novel techniques to analyze such complex geosocial information. In our presentation we will use examples of geosocial analysis of social media feeds related to a variety of events, ranging from civil unrest to natural disasters. Moreover we will explore its potential for agent-based modeling