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KDnuggets Twitter Social Network

We examine KDnuggets Twitter social network, created by NodeXL, a free, open-source template for Microsoft Excel for social network analysis.

By Gregory Piatetsky, March 14, 2014.

I am grateful to Marc Smith, @marc_smith, for generating the following network graph which represents a network of Twitter users whose tweets contained "kdnuggets" from Jan 1 to Feb 3, 2014.

NodeXL NodeXL is a free, open-source template for Microsoft Excel and is supported by donations from users.

NodeXL automatically generated highlights (top twitters and hashtags) for this graph are in NodeXL SNA gallery bit.ly/LIPsm8

Top vertices by betweenness centrality:
Top hashtags overall:
  • #BigData #DataScience #Analytics #DataMining #BigDataCo #FF #MachineLearning #Hadoop #IBMWatson

KDnuggets Twitter Social Network

Here are some human understandable highlights. The graph shows
  • one very large cluster G1, with top words: data kdnuggets science bigdata analytics top scientist find learning,
  • a medium size connected cluster G2, with a major role by @kirkdborne (Kirk D. Borne, Prof. of Astrophysics at GMU and a leading data scientist),
  • cluster G3 which has many unconnected components,
  • small clusters G4-G9 where a central role is played by one leading tweeter, including @ibmbigdata, @yvesmulkers, @tomhcanderson, @peteskomoroch
  • and a bunch of micro-clusters.

Top links in Entire Graph:
I am not sure what else does this graph mean - your suggestions welcome!

Overall Graph Metrics:
  • Vertices: 1375
  • Unique Edges: 1890
  • Connected Components: 140
  • Maximum Vertices in a Connected Component: 1197
  • Maximum Edges in a Connected Component: 3448
  • Maximum Geodesic Distance (Diameter): 7
  • Average Geodesic Distance: 2.426217

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