The function of profanity is an active area of research in linguistics, psychology, sociology, and many other fields. Here, we employ tools from network theory to explore the usage of profanity (used synonymously with swearing and swear words) particularly on the Internet discussion website Reddit. Analysis of the textual content of Reddit threads suggests certain behavioral trends. We also investigate thread centrality and communities as well as word similarity communities.
I worked with a team of students on a project for The Aerospace Corporation, a federal R&D center that manages the design, launch, and maintenance of satellites. Below is the abstract of that work, along with our paper, our final presentation and PowerPoint, and a draft of a paper that we submitted to an IEEE conference. Leah Rosenbaum and I participated in the student poster session at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston where we won Outstanding Presentation awards.
Files: Presentation Slides, Final Report, IEEE Paper, and Video of our final presentation (Thanks to Mohit Agrawal for posting).