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R: Mining Spatial, Text, Web, and Social Media Data by Richard Heimann, Nathan Danneman, Pradeepta Mishra, Bater Makhabel

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The state of communication

The state of communication section describes the fundamentally altered modes of social communication fostered by the Internet. The interconnected, social, rapid, and public exchange of information detailed here underlies the power of social data mining. Now more than ever before, information can go viral, a phrase first cited as early as 2004.

By changing the manner in which we connect with each other, the Internet changed the way we interact—communication is now bi-directional and many-to-many. Networks are now self-organized, and information travels along every dimension, varying systematically depending on direction and purpose. This new economy with ideas as currency has impacted nearly every person. More than ever, ...

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