Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Reaction: Balancing Systematic and Flexible Exploration of Social Networks

This paper talks about "Social Action", a tool for analyzing social networks. Usually the networks are large in size and hard to interpret because of the overlapping labels and overwhelming information, In social networks the analysts will be more interested in relation ship between objects than the objects themselves. The author claims that the Social Action is not just an another Network analysis tool but a system  that helps users to make discoveries. This system has various features like Rank based filtering, aggregate by ranks and also it follows overview, zoom, detail on demand model. If a network is displayed to different analysts each make different discoveries from it and they may overlook the important criterion. Social Action uses various techniques like color coding and ranking to make sure that every one discovers the information that the network is intended for. It also provides interactivity, The users are capable of interacting with the nodes in networks such as untangling a network and finding relationships focus on subgroups that interests them. Overall Social Action aims to provide a less painful tool for analyzing social networks.