Emergent patterns in nature and society

Full-text visualization

In a recent post I start thinking on data mining and network visualization to further study regime shifts. Applications has been found in medicine. Verbal autopsy is used to assess probable death causes based on interviews where medical appointments are not possible given weak health systems in poor countries.

I just found another application to journalism. Jonathan Stray and colleges have been working on visualizing Iraq war reports using networks and a series of algorithms to quickly extract meaning from text documents. In his blogpost he explain how they did it, and discuss pros and cons of their method.

I’d love to apply such mining methods to the analysis of change in Ecosystem Services for regime shifts. Although I’m not sure if such a thing is possible… yet.

Jigsaw is one of the available softwares.

Jonathan Stray » A full-text visualization of the Iraq War Logs.

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