Learning Social Media Analytics with R

Learning Social Media Analytics with R


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Learning Social Media Analytics with R by Raghav Bali, Dipanjan Sarkar, Tushar Sharma

Tap into the realm of social media and unleash the power of analytics for data-driven insights using R

About This Book
  • A practical guide written to help leverage the power of the R eco-system to extract, process, analyze, visualize and model social media data
  • Learn about data access, retrieval, cleaning, and curation methods for data originating from various social media platforms.
  • Visualize and analyze data from social media platforms to understand and model complex relationships using various concepts and techniques such as Sentiment Analysis, Topic Modeling, Text Summarization, Recommendation Systems, Social Network Analysis, Classification, and Clustering.
Who This Book Is For

It is targeted at IT professionals, Data Scientists, Analysts, Developers, Machine Learning Enthusiasts, social media marketers and anyone with a keen interest in data, analytics, and generating insights from social data. Some background experience in R would be helpful, but not necessary, since this book is written keeping in mind, that readers can have varying levels of expertise.

What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to tap into data from diverse social media platforms using the R ecosystem
  • Use social media data to formulate and solve real-world problems
  • Analyze user social networks and communities using concepts from graph theory and network analysis
  • Learn to detect opinion and sentiment, extract themes, topics, and trends from unstructured noisy text data from diverse social media channels
  • Understand the art of representing actionable insights with effective visualizations
  • Analyze data from major social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Github, StackExchange, and so on
  • Learn to leverage popular R packages such as ggplot2, topicmodels, caret, e1071, tm, wordcloud, twittR, Rfacebook, dplyr, reshape2, and many more
In Detail

The Internet has truly become humongous, especially with the rise of various forms of social media in the last decade, which give users a platform to express themselves and also communicate and collaborate with each other. This book will help the reader to understand the current social media landscape and to learn how analytics can be leveraged to derive insights from it. This data can be analyzed to gain valuable insights into the behavior and engagement of users, organizations, businesses, and brands. It will help readers frame business problems and solve them using social data.

The book will also cover several practical real-world use cases on social media using R and its advanced packages to utilize data science methodologies such as sentiment analysis, topic modeling, text summarization, recommendation systems, social network analysis, classification, and clustering. This will enable readers to learn different hands-on approaches to obtain data from diverse social media sources such as Twitter and Facebook. It will also show readers how to establish detailed workflows to process, visualize, and analyze data to transform social data into actionable insights.

Style and approach

This book follows a step-by-step approach with detailed strategies for understanding, extracting, analyzing, visualizing, and modeling data from several major social network platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr, Github, and StackExchange. The chapters cover several real-world use cases and leverage data science, machine learning, network analysis, and graph theory concepts along with the R ecosystem, including popular packages such as ggplot2, caret,dplyr, topicmodels, tm, and so on.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787127524
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Publication date: 05/29/2017
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Raghav Bali has a master's degree (gold medalist) in information technology from International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore. He is a data scientist at Intel, the world's largest silicon company, where he works on analytics, business intelligence, and application development to develop scalable machine learning-based solutions. He has worked as an analyst and developer in domains such as ERP, Finance, and BI with some of the top companies of the world.

Raghav is a technology enthusiast who loves reading and playing around with new gadgets and technologies. He recently co-authored a book on machine learning titled R Machine Learning by Example, Packt Publishing. He is a shutterbug, capturing moments when he isn't busy solving problems.

Dipanjan Sarkar is a data scientist at Intel, the world's largest silicon company on a mission to make the world more connected and productive. He primarily works on data science, analytics, business intelligence, application development, and building large-scale intelligent systems. He holds a master of technology degree in information technology with specializations in data science and software engineering from the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore.

Dipanjan has been an analytics practitioner for over 5 years now, specializing in statistical, predictive and text analytics. He has also authored several books on Machine Learning and Analytics including R Machine Learning by Example & What you need to know about R, Packt. Besides this, he occasionally spends time reviewing technical books and courses. Dipanjan's interests include learning about new technology, financial markets, disruptive start-ups and data science. In his spare time he loves reading, gaming, watching popular sitcoms and football.

Tushar Sharma has a master's degree specializing in data science from the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore. He works as a data scientist with Intel. In his previous job he used to work as a research engineer for a financial consultancy firm. His work involves handling big data at scale generated by the massive infrastructure at Intel. He engineers and delivers end to end solutions on this data using the latest machine learning tools and frameworks. He is proficient in R, Python, Spark, and mathematical aspects of machine learning among other things.

Tushar has a keen interest in everything related to technology. He likes to read a wide array of books ranging from history to philosophy and beyond. He is a running enthusiast and likes to play badminton and tennis.

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