Social Network Analysis in Virtual Environments

, and . HT '09: Proceedings of the Twentieth ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, New York, NY, USA, ACM, (July 2009)


Multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) allow users to navigate and explore the environment as well as interact with other users. The interaction within these environments is often text-based using Internet relay chat (IRC) and related systems. IRC poses a difficulty for researchers looking to analyze and interpret the communicative interaction since data is stored in the form of chatlogs. The current research proposes and applies methodological procedures for the representation and analysis of interaction in MUVEs as social networks. A case study on SciCentr programs from Cornell University is used to elaborate methods and related findings.

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