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Network Growth of “The Silent Majority”

The membership expansion was so fast, we got curious about its network growth dynamics. We decided to “visualize” the mushrooming of the online society.

April 24, 2016 · 15 Comments

Philippine Elections Chatters

The plots below show the Mention Network of Twitter users (bots and humans) discussing the Philippine Elections. Building a network such as the ones here can help one to visualize (and even … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Assessing the Feasibility of Relief Operations

Given the level of risk that we, as a country, are exposed to (e.g. from earthquakes and typhoons), it is easy to see that there is a compelling need for our government to set up effective disaster preparedness and relief response plans, especially considering the fact that we can never be immune to natural disasters.

March 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Machine Learning and the Smart City

On 19 February 2016, I participated as speaker at the Humans+Machines conference organized by the Thinking Machines. Below is a copy of the slide deck I used.

March 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

How Voters Combine Candidates on the Ballot: The Case of the Philippine Senatorial Elections

In the Philippines, senators are nationally elected officials, and citizens vote for 12 candidates every three years. The country’s electoral features include a weak party system, a low-information environment for … Continue reading

February 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Twitter Users as Seismographs

The idea that Twitter users generate volumes of earthquake-related tweets at the onset of an earthquake is hardly new [link], but it’s always fun to work with data from home … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Evolution & Prevalence of Politcal Dynasties in the Philippines

How much of our country will we lose to political dynasties in 2016? After Election Day, will the country be able to reclaim territory from dynasties, or will the bleeding … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment