Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Visualizing and Mining Large Social Computing Dataset to Uncover the Social Structure of Online Collaboration"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2012 - DURI
Research area(s):
computer science, computer engineering, programming, social science, social interaction
Project Description:
We are in the process of mining the Wikipedia revision database (several million data points) to create a social network of interactions between Wikipedia editors. We are using the Coates node and a set of Java programs to parse out the relationships between Wikipedia editors, to measure their strength, and to create a social network. We utilize social network analysis to determine how the network has evolved over time and if it has become more or less decentralized.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student will work with a team of faculty and graduate students from a diversity of disciplines to improve and manage data mining processes. The student will participate in strategy sessions, will do some independent research, will report back his or her findings, and will work with the other team members to improve the analytic software and to manage the analysis process.
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Desired Qualifications:
We are seeking a strong programmer with good Java programming skills and an interest in data mining. Computer Engineering majors preferred, but other majors can also apply. Individuals who have been working on real-life data mining projects are preferred.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Matei, Sorin

Student Supervisor

Sorin Matei
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

David Braun
Envision Center