Mining Social Media

Finding Stories in Internet Data

by Lam Thuy Vo

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Book Description

Did fake Twitter accounts help sway a presidential election? What can Facebook and Reddit archives tell us about human behavior? In Mining Social Media, senior BuzzFeed reporter Lam Thuy Vo shows you how to use Python and key data analysis tools to find the stories buried in social media.

Whether you're a professional journalist, an academic researcher, or a citizen investigator, you'll learn how to use technical tools to collect and analyze data from social media sources to build compelling, data-driven stories.

Learn how to:
- Write Python scripts and use APIs to gather data from the social web;
- Download data archives and dig through them for insights;
- Inspect HTML downloaded from websites for useful content;
- Format, aggregate, sort, and filter your collected data using Google Sheets;
- Create data visualizations to illustrate your discoveries;
- Perform advanced data analysis using Python, Jupyter Notebooks, and the pandas library;
- Apply what you've learned to research topics on your own;

Social media is filled with thousands of hidden stories just waiting to be told. Learn to use the data-sleuthing tools that professionals use to write your own data-driven stories.

Free download in PDF format is not available. You can read Mining Social Media book online for free.

Table of Contents

Part I
Data Mining
Chapter 1
The Programming Languages You'll Need to Know
Chapter 2
Where to Get Your Data
Chapter 3
Getting Data with Code
Chapter 4
Scraping Your Own Facebook Data
Chapter 5
Scraping a Live Site
Part II
Data Analysis
Chapter 6
Introduction to Data Analysis
Chapter 7
Visualizing Your Data
Chapter 8
Advanced Tools for Data Analysis
Chapter 9
Finding Trends in Reddit Data
Chapter 10
Measuring the Twitter Activity of Political Actors
Chapter 11
Where to Go from Here

Book Details

Computer Science
No Starch Press
ISBN13 Digital
ISBN10 Digital
All rights reserved

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