dimitris kalamaras

mathematics, social network analysis, free software…

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SocNetV 0.70 – the web crawler release :)

It’s been only one month since the release of 0.60, but Social Network Visualizer version 0.70 is here! This summertime release justifies its existence with two new features, a built-in web crawler and multiple node selection.

The web crawler, based on some older tutorial code I had, is pretty simple software (don’t expect Google power here!), which automatically creates mathematical graphs starting with a given URL, called the seed. As the algorithm crawls that seed webpage, it identifies all the links inside the page and adds them to a list of URLs (called frontier). Then, all the URLs from the frontier are recursively visited. In this process, a network of pages (nodes) and links (edges) is being developed allowing the researcher to study and visualize network properties, such as centralities, etc.

At the moment, the web crawler code is quite immature (i.e. doesn’t recognize framesets) but I hope it will evolve in the future. To test it, go to menu Network > Web Crawler (keyboard junkies, press Shift+C). A dialog will appear – enter the initial web address (seed), the maximum recursion level (how many URLs from the frontier will be visited) and the maximum running time and press OK. Here’s a screenshot of SocNetV crawling http://socnetv.org with betweenness centrality radial layout:

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SocNetV version 0.60 says hi!

Happy to report that we released version 0.60 of Social Networks Visualizer (SocNetV) on May 27, 2009. This is a major release bringing:

  • native support for GraphML (this becomes out default load/save format for networks),
  • edge filtering by their weights,
  • new node shapes,
  • lots of bugfixes
  • fresh iconset
  • and a bit of geek cream on top: custom background images.

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SocNetV 0.49 & Ubuntu packaging

Found some time today to finish another SocNetV release — after three months of development, SocNetV 0.49 sports a redesigned dock with tabs (statistics, edit, layout), new supported social network formats, weight numbers on edges and, as usual A LOT of bug fixes :P… But, the funkier feature of this release is that I finally managed to build decent SocNetV packages for Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex. Thanks to Canonical’s Launchpad, my very own PPA (Personal Package Archive) can be used as a third-party repository in your Ubuntu installation. All you have to do is to add these two lines in your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/dimitris-kalamaras/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/dimitris-kalamaras/ubuntu intrepid main

Then, update your package list and install SocNetV with this single-line:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install socnetv

To run it, just go to Applications > Education > SocNetV,  et voila!

SocNetV 0.49 in Ubuntu 8.10

SocNetV 0.49 in Ubuntu 8.10

Unfortunately, it seems I can’t figure out what is going on with my older RPM .spec file, although I did try some mods, which is why the openSUSE Build Service refuses to build even plain openSUSE 11.1 packages. The funny thing is that the same .spec file builds the RPM ok in my local openSUSE install… And, unfortunately I have no more time to spend on it. 🙁

RPM .specs, for a Qt4 application

Been busy the last few days; mostly reading math but occasionally I would steal some time (preferably late at night or in the afternoons) to hack on SocNetV — btw, I released a bugfix 0.47 a couple of days ago.

Today, I decided to check on SUSE Build Service. This is a complete distribution development platform that provides the means to build packages for openSUSE distributions as well as most other Linux distributions. The whole idea seemed to be “upload your source tarball and a spec, and we’ll make binary packages for you for every distro you name”. This is just awesome, if you think about it, cause it takes all the trouble from the developer. Well, I was reading their manual, trying to understand which-is-which and what-to-do-to-build-my-great-package, when I realized that I could easily make an RPM for SocNetV with no hassles, and no Build Service at all. You see, we had a very nice tutorial on building RPM packages in the Greek edition of Linux Format magazine. At the time, I hadn’t test the instructions in real world examples, but hey ..it couldn’t be that hard! And it wasn’t. Actually, it was far easier than I thought in the first place…

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Math and Algebra software you can’t miss in Linux…

Yesterday, I was searching for some nice mathematics applications, mainly for computer algebra, in Linux and here are my two main conclusions.

  • First, there are hundreds of math programs and libraries out there for any need!
  • Second, try to stick with Debian-based distros, or else you ‘ll end up compiling the universe.

In the beginning, I had not exact idea what I was searching for, but to be honest I would love to have something like Mathcad (which unfortunately is commercial and not open-source). Unfortunately, I don’t believe there is such thing in Free Software, at least for the moment.

Nevertheless, after a little search with apt-cache (using Debian unstable), various applications came to my attention.

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