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Monday, May 20, 2013

Hate Map

Time ran an article on a hate map of tweets in the US. The article is interesting, and I think that heat maps are a good way to visualize data especially if there is an easy way to drill down in the representation to small areas and to the actual data itself. I am always concerned about people mining tweets for key words because the language used on Twitter is different from normal language, and it is rare that these tools mining these Tweets have any contextual awareness. I know that picking up things like sarcasm is hard if not impossible to do, but a tweet like "how not to raise a racist child (with a link) might be counted as a hate tweet even though it clearly was not the intent of the tweeter. Anyway I have attached the link.Time Article on Hate Map