Sunday, November 07, 2010

Follow Up: Twitter BFFs

Last time I tried to do this, I tried to use as large a range as possible for the data and found some people missing. I still don't know why this is. But coming back to it, I tried looking at just the previous week, and the missing people reappeared.

I took the numbers for the last two weeks. I don't entirely trust them, but as always I try to work with what we can get.

[edit] - I just checked the numbers again, over the same period, and the numbers for follower replies have changed fairly significantly. This displeases me.

The Numbers!

Using the method outlined in the previous post, the fifth column is the geometric mean of mentions (assuming a two-way connections between myself and all listed). For comparison, the fourth column is the arithmetic mean. The numbers are fairly similar.

As I said last time, I can't adjust for talkativeness. It's possible the picture would be dramatically different if I did have the numbers, but I guess we'll never know.

The sixth column is just the geometric means as a percent proportion of the total sum of the geometric means.This is what the names have been sorted by (in descending order).

[I'd make a pie chart, but frankly, I can't stand them.]

[Side Note] - the correlation coefficient of the replies is 0.62 (on a scale of 0 to 1).


So there you have it. You can take the first three or five names and call them my top friends (or BFFs, if you're so inclined) for the last two weeks.

Connection Graphs

Firstly, here's a table of how many friends I have in common with friends.
As I said last time, you could incorporate this into the "BFF score". I didn't, but it's there in case you're interested.

Aside from that, here are a couple of coloured network graphs.

First, men in blue, women is red. No immediately obvious patterns.
Second, people I know in real life in red, web people in blue.
This one's slightly more interesting in that the IRL friends are all clustered together in the middle with all the web friends spread around the edge. Which you might well have expected, but it's nice to be able to see it.



Thursday, November 04, 2010


Or National Novel Writing Month, for those unaware and curious.

Basically, for the duration of November you attempt to write (at least) 50,000 words worth of novel (~1,666 words a day). I considered doing it last year - which would have made more sense, given I was on a whole "I want to be a writer" thing - but I didn't for some reason. What's different this year? Mostly the competition. Nothing motivates me more than competitiveness :D

Hurray for Twitter.

A novel, by their definition is a long work of fiction, and under that definition a collection of short stories can count if they share a common theme. Which is good, because I could not think up a novel worthy plot. Plus I'd probably lose interest and give up part way through.

I had a collection of old ideas (and one that came to me in a dream a couple of weeks ago) but had to come up with some dubious link.

Anyway, I chose mental disorders.

But not in a "this person has this condition, look how weird they are" sort of way. More in the way that Fight Club is 'about' Dissociative Identity Disorder, how Memento is about Anterograde Amnesia or how Truman Show could be about paranoid schizophrenia (think about). It's more a plot device. Or something like that. I'm not savvy to the literary lingo.

I called it "Twisted Smiles & Fractured Minds" partly because it fit, but mostly because it sounds cool.

The stories so far are:

Day 1) His Missing Face - Body Integrity Identity Disorder (based on the dream)
2) My Beautiful Eyes - Narcissism, and the opening to a series
3) Prologue - a flowery vignette (see below for extract)
4) My Imperfect Rock - continuation of narcissism, with mild codependency
5) My Broken Mirror - either Anorexia or Bulimia. Possibly. The third in the narcissism series.

(Titles subject to change)

I'm being vague in the off chance I let you read any of them. I don't want to give any spoilers :]

Much beyond that, I'm going to be scraping the DSM-IV and wikipedia for ideas - which is another bonus to having mental illness as a 'theme': plenty of potential jumping off points. Also, mental illness is just plain fascinating.

I am finding, though, that the ideas seem better in concept than in execution. Not that that's too much a problem, since quantity matters more than quality in NaNo.

You can find my profile here, and watch my word count if you're so inclined. Or, since the site's a bit slow and unresponsive at the moment, you can see the 'novel' summary and an extract in the screenshot below.

NB/ It's not all written in the style of the extract.
Click to embiggen. Cover art uses this stock image. Font based on my handwriting. It could be better, but it'll suffice.

And if you're also doing NaNo, feel free to add me as a buddy.

Whether or not you'll ever get to see what I write for NaNo will very much depend on how I feel about them once it's over and whether or not I can be bothered to edit them to bring them up to an acceptable standard. I'm a poor judge of the quality of my own work and usually end up hating it, so that may never happen.