Visualizing Clashes and Alliances in Social Networks of Political Discussions
Rafael Lage Tavares, Mariano Pimentel, Renata Mendes de Araujo
Graduate Program in Information Systems, UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Center for Research and Innovation in CiberDemocracy, CiberDem, UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Graduate Program in Information Systems, UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Research and Practice Group in Information Technology, NP2Tec, UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Center for Research and Innovation in CiberDemocracy, CiberDem, UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Graduate Program in Information Systems, UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;Research and Practice Group in Information Technology, NP2Tec, UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;Center for Research and Innovation in CiberDemocracy, CiberDem, UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Abstract

Political discussions are characterized by conflicts of interest, and decisions are made based on negotiations. In general, participants need to reinforce their opinions and influence other participants. In this context, it is important to know how allies and opponents are positioned, in order to understand the discussion dynamics and plan adequate actions. This paper suggests the use of social network visualizations to explicit oppositions and alliances in order to support the understanding and following of political discussions. A system which supports these visualizations was built. An experiment performed to test the proposed visualizations showed to which extent they can be more efficient in identifying information about clashes and alliances than an online discussion system can.

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Lage Tavares, R. , Pimentel, M. and de Araujo, R. (2014) Visualizing Clashes and Alliances in Social Networks of Political Discussions. Social Networking, 3, 94-101. doi: 10.4236/sn.2014.32012.

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