Jane Abernathy

Jane Abernathy

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June 16

This week I've really started to work on the Literature Review. Though some of the papers are pretty dense, but its been interesting to see some of the academic computer science work that is out there. I also wrote some code to filter the Tweets that are going to be used in the project. 
As far as problems, my swipe card is finally fixed! It took many trips to ITS and the card office, but we figured out that I was given two accounts. I got a card connected to the right one, and now I can (and have) be been given access to the lab. I've been having some problems downloading and using all the new systems and platforms that my team is using to work on their project. Though some systems have worked perfectly, a few have been difficult. Though looking up error messages and troubleshooting a system that your just being introduced to is hard, it forces you to learn a lot quickly. However, everyone has been very helpful in working the problems out. 

June 9

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. 

June 2

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. 

During my summer of research I hope to acquire new technical skills I don't currently have. I don't have a specific list, but I know that anything I learn will be useful in the future. I also want to learn more about what research in computer science is like, both overall and on a day-to-day basis. I'm excited to contribute to a large project and learn more about presenting my work by creating a poster. I'm looking forward to this being a great summer.