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Social data mining on smartphones

Social data mining on smartphones

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Social Data Mining onSmartphones
Semester Thesis
Ajita Gupta
July 7, 2011
Advisor
:
Sacha TrifunovicSupervisor
:
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Plattner
Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory, ETH Zurich
 
Abstract
Smartphones have become increasingly popular and will continue to do soin the near future. Today’s applications intend to improve user comfort by en-hancing social and collaborative interactions, which allow users to communicate,share and exchange personal viewpoints and experiences. Designing such ap-plications poses an ample challenge, since it entails thorough understanding of 
(1) social contacts
,
(2) social interactions
as well as
(3) communicationpatterns
in order to provide a more
context-aware 
service, which is optimizedfor each individual user.In this project, we report
SocialMine
as an auxiliary tool to gather ver-satile smartphone datasets related to the social demeanor.
SocialMine
is abackend Android application, which collects various types of metadata from so-cial applications: Phone- and SMS logs, Contact- and Collocation details alongwith a large amount of information available on Facebook (Friends, Hobbies,Message Threads, Wallposts and Likes among many others). The deploymentof 
SocialMine
allowed us to compare and contrast the contact, interactionand communication patterns graphs for a fixed group of users. We report thesubstratal evaluation results of a very first deployment conducted at the
Com-munication Systems Group
at
ETH Zurich 
.
 
Acknowledgements
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has accompaniedme throughout the course of this project in the past five months.At the outset, I would like to thank Prof. Dr. Bernhard Plattner for givingme another wonderful opportunity to work in his group and providing me witha
Nexus One
, the Google Android mobile phone, which has been indispensablefor the completion of this project.I am grateful to Sacha Trifunovic for his guidance, help and patience. He hasbeen an excellent advisor and has readily engaged with me in valuable academic,as well as insightful offbeat conversations.I have been fortunate to work with Onur Mat, an ETH colleague, who hasobligingly assisted me at various occasions. He has always been available for asecond professional opinion. Thanks for bearing with me.Special thanks to the members of an Android forum called
android-hilfe.de 
.They were a constant source of inspiration. This project builds upon their tech-nical expertise and input.My heartfelt thanks to all the participants of the
Alpha Test
, who agreedto share their personal data for analysis purpose and provided us with construc-tive feedback and suggestions.Finally, I would like to thank my family for their unflinching support and coop-eration.

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