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Visual Analysis of Context Changes in Social Media Contributions

WorkgroupEveryday Media
FundingLeibniz-WissenschaftsCampus "Cognitive Interfaces"
Project description

Today, social media are ubiquitously available and change traditional patterns of communication. This influences journalism as well, where social media are used increasingly, to keep pace with the dynamicity and volatility of this medium.

However, the increase in speed and the format of social media messages also poses a number of new problems. One issue is information that undergoes context changes or is put out of its original context. This might happen unintentionally through shorting or deliberately, as the ongoing discussion on `Fake News’ and attempts to manipulate public opinion indicate.

This joint project of the IWM and the University of Stuttgart aimed at the development of novel approaches to detect and analyze changes of context interactively. For this, the project developed detection methods for detecting (candidate) context changes that were complemented by interactive visual approaches. This should enable users to adapt algorithmic detection methods to new forms of context changes.

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Ertl, Institute for Visualisation and Interactive Systems, University of Stuttgart
  • Dr. Steffen Koch, Institute for Visualisation and Interactive Systems, University of Stuttgart

Huth, F., Blascheck, T., Koch, S., Utz, S., & Ertl, T. (2021). Word-sized visualizations for exploring discussion diversity in social media. Proceedings of the 16th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications (VISIGRAPP 2021) (Vol. 3, pp. 256-265).


Prof. Dr. Sonja Utz Prof. Dr. Sonja Utz
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