In this second week I've been getting to know everyone in the lab and settling in. I'm still in the learning stage, so I've been doing a lot of tutorials and practice before I get my future work. However, both Kayvan and I have helped review twitter accounts to find good candidates for experiment on fake news and wrote a program to filter and count the tweets we have. We also just started a literature review of relevant papers. Except for the continuing swipe card access problems (I'm getting help on it, don't worry), things seem to be falling into place. I'm looking forward to having a great time this weekend, with the whitewater trip and watching the Tony Awards.
This first week of the REU has both busy and exciting. There was a lot of new information to process with moving in, finding my way around, and meeting all of the students and professors, but it was great to learn more about the facility I'm going to be working in. I met Professor Dou and heard about two of the projects going on in the visualization lab. We sat in on a meeting about different ways to analyze and display information about UNCC students and how likely they are complete their degree. We also heard about and started some work on a project that will examine how confirmation bias effects people's perception of fake news on Twitter.