July 16th, 2009
This thesis presents SocioScape, an interactive visualization tool that embodies a methodology for the visual analysis of spatial and temporal group dynamics in social networks. The methodology introduces a novel visual representation technique suitable for dynamic social networks. This representation provide an advantage over dynamic graphs by explicitly illustrating the evolution of social groups and association choices made by actors over time. The representation is combined with a well-established technique for depicting spatio-temporal data, allowing analysts to investigate the effect of the physical positioning of actors and their movement in the environment on their social behavior. This integration also facilitates the investigation of potential hypotheses that explain the emergence of the observed social structure structure. A case study demonstrates the usefulness of the tool.
The primary contributions of this thesis include:
Reda, M. K., SocioScape - Spatio-temporal Visual Analysis of Group Dynamics in Social Networks, Submitted as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate College, July 16th, 2009. http://www.evl.uic.edu/kreda/Thesis_KhairiReda.pdf