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.

The regions produce the following map:


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.

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!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s