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Visualization of Twitter Data in the Classroom

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Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education Volume 14, Number 4, ISSN 1540-4595


The expression "big data" is ubiquitous in the business world today, but few undergraduate business students have the opportunity to gain practical experience with how new business analytics tools can be used in decision making. This article describes a set of hands-on labs that prepare students to incorporate streaming data analysis into group research projects. Splunk is used to help students analyze and visualize streaming social media data. An evaluation of student projects and student survey results show that this practical approach of training students to manipulate and visualize big data was largely successful in achieving instructional goals.


Sigman, B.P., Garr, W., Pongsajapan, R., Selvanadin, M., McWilliams, M. & Bolling, K. (2016). Visualization of Twitter Data in the Classroom. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 14(4), 362-381. Retrieved October 2, 2022 from .

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