Event Title

Social Side of Autism

Co-Author(s)

Monsur Hossain, Forhad Houssain

Research Mentor(s)

Shameem Ahmed

Description

We present visualizations and insight into the community interactions of the Autism "subreddit" on Reddit.com, "/r/autism". This community is made of 21,725 subscribers. A portion of these subscribers have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and others are family members of someone with ASD. The Autism subreddit consists of many posts curated by these members. The goal of our research is to understand patterns in the most highly rated and interacted posts in this subreddit to create standards and guidelines for more effective social networks for people with ASD and their families. Using the "karma" score of posts we present insight into the characteristics which differentiate the most popular posts in this community from the rest. These characteristics include a celebratory theme and focus on milestone improvements achieved by members with ASD. This information is visualized in a few images with the time line of posts for both the entire community and individual users that make a large number of posts in the subreddit.This research is currently being expanded on by a similar study on the "/r/aspergers" subreddit. We hope to include this data and the insights gained from it in a future paper.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

May 2018

End Date

May 2018

Location

Computer Sciences

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Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

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Social Side of Autism

Computer Sciences

We present visualizations and insight into the community interactions of the Autism "subreddit" on Reddit.com, "/r/autism". This community is made of 21,725 subscribers. A portion of these subscribers have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and others are family members of someone with ASD. The Autism subreddit consists of many posts curated by these members. The goal of our research is to understand patterns in the most highly rated and interacted posts in this subreddit to create standards and guidelines for more effective social networks for people with ASD and their families. Using the "karma" score of posts we present insight into the characteristics which differentiate the most popular posts in this community from the rest. These characteristics include a celebratory theme and focus on milestone improvements achieved by members with ASD. This information is visualized in a few images with the time line of posts for both the entire community and individual users that make a large number of posts in the subreddit.This research is currently being expanded on by a similar study on the "/r/aspergers" subreddit. We hope to include this data and the insights gained from it in a future paper.