PhD Defense by Mengdie Hu

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    • Wednesday April 5, 2017 - Thursday April 6, 2017
      3:00 pm - 4:59 pm
  • Location: GVU Cafe (TSRB 2nd floor)
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Summary Sentence: Visualization of Textual Content from Social Media and Online Communities

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Title: Visualization of Textual Content from Social Media and Online Communities


Mengdie Hu

Ph.D. Candidate


School of Interactive Computing

College of Computing

Georgia Institute of Technology


Date: Wednesday, April 5rd, 2017

Time: 3 PM to 5 PM ET

Location: GVU Cafe (TSRB 2nd floor)




Dr. John Stasko, School of Interactive Computing (Advisor)

Dr. Rahul Basole, School of Interactive Computing

Dr. Alex Endert, School of Interactive Computing

Duen Horng (Polo) Chau, School of Computational Science and Engineering

Michelle X. Zhou, Juji, Inc.




The increasing popularity of social media and online communities results in unprecedented abundance of text documents that express authentic opinion and emotional state of the masses. While these documents seem like a goldmine for researchers and analysts, gaining insights from them is not easy. Given their scale it is obviously hard to read through them. Pure algorithmic solutions also face serious challenges due to the natural complexity of human language and the often open-ended nature of analytic tasks. In this thesis, I explore interactive data visualization systems that combines the power of both human and algorithms to address analytic tasks for these documents.


I focus on two domains that sit at both ends of a wide spectrum of social media text: consumer reviews and social media posts. For both domains, I outline important characters of the text that set them apart from traditional text document. I also explore major analytic tasks related to each type of document. I discuss why natural language processing techniques fail to address some of these tasks, and propose solutions that engage the cognitive advantage of the human user. I design novel data visualization metaphors and interactions, and implement working prototypes that combine my visualization and interaction design with natural language processing techniques. User studies with both novice users and domain experts demonstrate the values of my designs.


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