Emergent Data Mining Tools for Social Network Analysis

Murthy, Dhiraj; Gross, Alexander and Takata, Alex. 2013. Emergent Data Mining Tools for Social Network Analysis. In: , ed. Data Mining in Dynamic Social Networks and Fuzzy Systems. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 40-57. ISBN 9781466642133 [Book Section]

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This chapter identifies a number of the most common data mining toolkits and evaluates their utility in the extraction of data from heterogeneous online social networks. It introduces not only the complexities of scraping data from the diverse forms of data manifested in these sources, but also critically evaluates currently available tools. This analysis is followed by a presentation and discussion on the development of a hybrid system, which builds upon the work of the open-source Web-Harvest framework, for the collection of information from online social networks. This tool, VoyeurServer, attempts to address the weaknesses of tools identified in earlier sections, as well as prototype the implementation of key functionalities thought to be missing from commonly available data extraction toolkits. The authors conclude the chapter with a case study and subsequent evaluation of the VoyeurServer system itself. This evaluation presents future directions, remaining challenges, and additional extensions thought to be important to the effective development of data mining tools for the study of online social networks.

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