Researching with Twitter


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Are you looking to research a contemporary event, find patterns in human behavior, or just train an algorithm on a boatload of data? Then Intro to Twitter Research is for you. This two-hour course will provide participants with knowledge and hands on experience collecting and analyzing Twitter data.

The course will begin with an introduction to collecting information from Twitter using Trinity Technology Services’ instance of the Social Feed Manager (SFM). After covering what researchers need to know about working with Twitter data, the course will provide hands on experience using Tableau Public and Gephi to perform basic frequency and social networks analysis on Twitter data. If time permits, the course will also explore performing sentiment analysis on Tweets using machine learning. Data for the analysis portion of the course will be provided (we will focus on social media data from a few local protest movements), but participants can bring in their own data or collect some during the workshop too.

Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer. For participants using Windows laptops, please make sure that you have an SSH client installed (A free client can be downloaded and installed from: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html). Participants will need a Twitter account and the Duke VPN client installed and active, as well at the latest versions of Tableau Public and Gephi, to participate fully in all exercises during the course.

Subjects: data research twitter



Status Archived
Date Monday, March 4th, 2019
Time 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location TEC - Classroom
Leader Brian Norberg
Enrolled 4 of 30
The TEC (Technology Engagement Center) Classroom is in the Telcom Building. To get there, just walk down the stairs from Perkins/Bostock like you’re heading towards CIEMAS. When you get to the road halfway down, make a right and Telcom is the building ahead of you to the left. The Technology Engagement Center is the first floor, so just enter in the front of the building. The classroom is to the right of the entrance, adjacent to the center circular room. http://maps.duke.edu/map/?id=21&mrkIid=2765