PsychNology Journal, Volume 10, Number 1, 39 – 51

Virtual Meeting Analyzer: A Web application to visualize and analyze social networks emerging in group meetings

Alessandro Giuseppe Privitera, Francesco Martino, Luciano Gamberini
HTLab, University of Padua, Italy


ABSTRACT

The possibility to analyze the social network emerging from the relations between people participating in a meeting could improve the effectiveness and satisfaction of the communication that occurs during the meeting. However, it requires accurate recording of direction, source and addressee(s) of all verbal exchanges in a format that allows the application of algorithms to extract and visualize social network indices. Virtual Meeting Analyzer is a Web application developed to overcome any complexity in this process. By using a simple interface and an intuitive input modality, VMA allows users without any specific skill in Social Network Analysis or informatics to track social network relations in small meetings and extract indices either during or after the meeting. The application is divided into four modules: meeting creation, configuration, recording and temporal analysis. This paper describes VMA and the results of a test carried out to evaluate its ease of use.

KEYWORDS: Virtual Meeting Analyzer, Graph Theory, Social Network Analysis, Visualization


CITE AS:
Alessandro Giuseppe Privitera, Francesco Martino, Luciano Gamberini (2012). Virtual Meeting Analyzer: A Web application to visualize and analyze social networks emerging in group meetings. PsychNology Journal, 10(1), 39 - 51. Retrieved [month] [day], [year], from www.psychnology.org.

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