The Human Interest Space

Made by Sherwin Wu under the mentorship of Julia Ma at the MIT Media Lab's Viral Spaces Group
Source on GitHub


      How are people's interests related? By exploring people's interests from LinkedIn profiles, we have created an interest graph to understand these relationships. The graph nodes are interests (hiking, photography, design), color-coded by category. Links between nodes appear when interests co-occur in multiple profiles. By looking at the graph, we can see which interests are more commonly shared among people, and whether these interests are in the same category (that is, similar to each other). This allows us to form hypotheses about how and why certain interests co-occur more often than others, and measure the diversity of a person's interests.

      Go ahead and check it out! You can fully interact with the nodes and links represented on this graph. Try doing the following:

      For starters, check out how people's recreational interests (basketball, soccer) are clumped separately from people's more professional interests (professional networking, innovation).

      If anything breaks, just refresh the page by pressing CMD+R to reset the visualization. Also, please note this visualization runs best on the latest version of Google Chrome.


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What Represents What?


Categories:

Sports/Recreation
Art
Music
Learning
Movies
Business
Food
Travel
Technology
Language
People
Finance
Health
Fun

Nodes and Links:

Size of a node/interest represents how popular of an interest it is. The more times this specific interest was listed, the more popular it is.

Width and length of a link represents how strong of a relation the two adjacent interests have. The stronger the relation (the more likely they were to co-occur), the shorter and wider the link will be.


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