Using Gephi

First of all, using Gephi is not exactly intuitive. It is a very busy program, visually, and I think that might be a bit of a hinderance in learning what things the program is capable of when one is faced with a time limit. Our screenshots prove that there was a lot more we could have done with Gephi but did not have the time to figure out during class. Putting that aside, it is pretty interesting to use and we could see how it could be used on our final project.

There were many recognizable authors and magazines towards the center of the given network. A few of those authors included Theodore Roosevelt, T.S. Elliot, Wyndham Lewis, and Ezra Pound. Some of the larger noted woks were Scribner’s magazine, BLAST,and the Crisis just to name a few.

The listed authors and magazines, along with many more, gave off a sense that they were more important based on their size of their node in the network. In reality, this does not necessarily indicate their importance so much as their prominence in the data.

On a related note, the nodes that were small and far away from the center (indicating less prominence) were the least connected parts of the network. This means that they were used the least, in most cases. One example is “Royal Baking Powder”. Since the program completely foze the last ten minutes of class or so, we were unable to find what it was connected to other than “Royal”, “Baking”, and “Powder”, however, our guess is that it was probably an advertisement that was not heavily used. Maybe it was even only used once.

The network does not really indicate anything unexpect, but having such an interactive visualization helps to quantify and perceive the relations between authors, their works, and the types of work included in the magazines. It also helps to understand the dense, intertwined mass of connections across seemingly unrelated terms. It will definitely be a big help in the final project by giving us access to more objective information in a new way than what we have experienced thus far.

Screenshots:

Group members: Shelby Fields and Bethany Williams

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