The World’s Regions (according to news reports)…

Marc Ventresca passed along a neat wired article, describing the work of Kalev Leetaru, a research fellow at Georgetown.  Leetaru did a cluster analyses of news report data to define regions in the globe.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/09/world-civilizations-from-network-analysis/

The regions produce the following map:

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The regions are mostly sensible…  you can really see the legacy of European colonialism.

The full article addresses a wide range of issues — such as the “tone” of news reports, which Leetaru suggests is predictive of events.

http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3663/3040

One nit to pick:  Leetaru describes his research as a new field of “culturomics”… whereas it looks to me like conventional quantitative social science.  I guess the lesson is that “omics” is more rigorous than “ology”.  Well, time to get back to work… doing cutting-edge sociomics!

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