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Condor Videos and Tutorials

Condor is our standalone tool for dynamic semantic social network analysis. Watch this series of videos and tutorials to get a painless introduction into the complexities of Condor.

Welcome to Condor 3 Overview of Condor 3 and new features. Includes links to download software, books, COINsConferences and Proceedings and instructional videos

Overview Presentation of the Condor 3 GUI

Overview Presentation of Condor 3 includes a list of all menus and functions of Condor 3

Condor 3 Update List of recent additions of Condor 3

Welcome to Condor

4. How to install Navicat on a Mac (4mins40secs)
Condor Tools Twitter Example 2 - Analyzing Content (8mins11secs) This video explains how to use Condor to subset a Twitter database with key words and remove the search terms at the same time. The example uses the Twitter Example 1 database with four datasets.
How does Condor work - Four Stages of (22mins17secs) This video explains from a user's perspective, how Codor works across four stages of inquiry: data harvesting, filtering, visualizing and an optional exporting. The major Condor forms at each stage are described.
Condor Tools Facebook Example 1 (7mins50secs) The video explains how to use Condor to create a Facebook network map. Note: no Facebook content is collected. It is possible to include more than one Facebook account in a database and compare them with one another.
Condor Tools Video Example 1 (13mins34sec) This video explains how to use the Condor Tools - Video option using a healthcare example with the terms "telecare, telehealth, telemedicine" and the URL "". Note: Condor uses the Bing search engine which allows users to geographically focus their search on different parts of the world.
Condor Tools Taxo Example 1 (22mins38sec) This video explains how to use Condor's Taxo tool using a One Degree Web search on the term "telecare." The Taxo tool enables a user to to construct a taxonomy or hierarchal categorization of terms from five Condor databases including: web, email, wiki-evolution, video and twitter. This enables the user to identify potential relevant areas for additional investigation.
Condor Tools Taxo Example 2 (12mins23secs) This video explains how to use Condor's Taxo Tool using the "Extract names from Database (DB) option. This video builds on the Taxo Tool Example 1 video and instructs the user how to download and install three CoolPeople MySQL databases for this option to work. The "telecareOneDegree" web database is used to extract names. The resulting Hierarchical Dataset is mapped. Note: the "Extract names from Database (DB)" option is especially useful for extracting names from an email database.
Condor Tools Wiki Search Example 1 (22mins0secs) This video explains how to use the Condor Tool Wiki Search using an example with the term "telecare". Wiki-Search uses a two-stage process to construct a network of Wiki articles/nodes (internal to Wikipedia) and/or Web URLs/nodes (external to Wikipedia) for a search term(s) using a set of 10 rating algorithms to characterize the resulting search articles/Urls/nodes in a static network map. A link may between two Wiki articles or a link may between a Wiki article and a Web URL. There are no Web-URL to Web-URL links. If a Web node is included, it must contain at least one link to a Wiki article/node. The first stage of Wiki-Search uses the sub-form "Wiki-Fetcher" to collect Wiki and/or Web nodes and links based upon selected search options. The Wiki-Fetcher search results are stored in a MySQL database called "wikisearch," which is automatically created during your first search. This is an intermediate database, which is not used for visualization. The second stage of Wiki-Search uses the sub-form "Wiki-Rating" where users select a method from a set of 10 algorithms to calculate a rating of the nodes from the previous Wiki-Fetcher search and to set a threshold value for excluding low rated nodes. Ratings are calculated one at a time. The second stage Wiki-Rating results are saved into a new database of the user's choice, which is used by Condor to visualize the results. A unique feature of Wiki-Search is the identification of a book's 10 or 13 digit International Standard Book Number, or ISBN, linked to a Wikipedia article(s). The 10 or 13 digit ISBN can be used to retrieve the title, cover, and pricing information via third party websites for a single volume or in bulk for up to 75 ISBNs at one time.
Condor Tools Wiki Evolution Example 1 (15mins26secs) This video explains how to use the Condor Tool - Wiki Evolution using "telecare" as its search term. Wiki Evolution uses an article's edit history to construct the Wikipedia internal link network of references over time. This enables a user to visualize the historical evolution for a single article or set of articles in Wikipedia. The result is a link network movie or "Wiki-Evolution." The network consists of only Wikipedia internal links and not an article's text edits. No Web URL links are included because they lack timestamps for when they were added. To capture Wikipedia and Web URLs use Condor's Tool "Wiki-Search."
Social Network Analysis The Basics (15mins0secs) The video explains the basic social network analysis vocabulary with a suggested reading list. It defines the Node and Link Condor MySQL tables for email, web, wikipedia, twitter, facebook and video databases.

Four part video series on: How to setup Condor on Amazon's Web Services on a Mac or PC

Part 1 of 4: Sign up for a Amazon Account. (6mins16secs) Requires a Credit Card and Phone Verification Note: AWS offers NEW customers 1 Free Year Tier 1 access.

Part 2 of 4: Login to the AWS console and setup a server and launch a new instance. (8mins6secs)

Part 3a. If MAC user, Setup Remote Desktop Connection (6mins39secs)

Part 3b. If PC user, Setup Remote Desktop Connection for a PC (4mins36sec)

Part 4 of 4: Setup up Condor by installing all the required software (12mins35secs) Includes: Java, Java 3D, MySQL, Navicat (Optional), and Condor)

After completing the four parts you are ready to run Condor on AWS with remote control from your Mac or PC.

How to create a 3D Social Structure Map in Condor (13mins32secs) The video explains how to create and interpret a 3D Social Structure Map in Condor.

What's new in Condor 2.6.6? (5mins36 secs) This video describes the new features and changes in Condor 2.6.6.

How to obtain a Google CSE API Key (4mins51secs) This video explains how to obtain a Google CSE API Key. A Google CSE API Key is needed to use Condor's Web CSE search tool. Note: the first 100 searches per day are free. No credit card is required for the first 100 a day searches.

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