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Another option would be to use the python package nltk. Examples are
in two books by Matt Russell (Mining the Social Wen and 21 Recipes for
Mining Twitter, both O'Reilly). --Moses

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 12:31 AM, Derek Hansen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hi all,
>
> I'm giving a guest lecture in a couple days on the intersection of Social
> Network Analysis and Natural Language Processing, particularly as applied
> toward the analysis of social media datasets. I know there's been a lot of
> activity lately at the intersection of SNA and NLP and I'd love to see a few
> pointers to some good quality work in this area.
>
> Additionally, I'm hoping to flesh out a few high-level approaches for
> merging the two in meaningful ways. Here are a few examples:
>
> 1) Use content-based factors (extracted via NLP techniques) as well as
> SNA-based metrics as independent variables that predict an outcome of
> interest (e.g., quality of content, such as was done in Agichtein, Castillo,
> et al. 2008).
>
> 2) Use NLP to help define the edges in a network (e.g., "link polarity" as
> performed by Kale 2007).
>
> 3) Use a 2-step filtering process:
> 3a) Use SNA to identify network clusters and then use NLP on the corpus
> created by those within each cluster (e.g., Marc Smith's graphs on the
> NodeXL Graph Gallery where keywords are overlaid on the network clusters)
> 3b) Use NLP to identify subsets of "relevant" content whose authors are then
> analyzed via SNA.
>
> 4) SNA helps in disambiguating words (e.g., when one network cluster uses
> the term "jaguar" they typically mean the sports team, while another network
> cluster typically means the car).
>
> Other thoughts on high-level strategies would be welcome as well.
>
> Regards,
> Derek Hansen
> Brigham Young University
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