Eshin Jolly

Facebook Friends Meet Dataviz

This is a port of one of my earliest forays into data visualization. At the time I used a really nice R package for scraping and working with your own Facebook data, though I’m not sure how things have changed. Here’s the original text (posted to Facebook nonetheless!):

Finally got around to playing with some Facebook data in R following in the footsteps of some friends like Rob and Zach.

Friends by Network

First up is a network graph of nearly all my FB friends organized by a 5-step random walk community detection algorithm. I’ve cleaned it a bit, but it captures my IRL networks pretty damn well. I definitely found that the random-walk captured my network modularity more accurately that a fast-greedy algorithm.

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A few key takeaways:

Friends by Geography

Second is a heat-map of the contiguous US that reflects friends’ locations. Locations include where my friends currently are or where they hail from.

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