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Is there a web application that will analyze a public news group for top posters over a specific period of time?

The more analysis the better!

Note: While it is public, it isn't listed on Google Groups.

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There's a list of Newsgroups here, clicking on each one brings up some statistics, but not top posters unfortunately.

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I know that Marc Smith did research into analyzing and visualizing newsgroup activity while he was at Microsoft Research. I don't think it was a webapp, but it was called "Newsgroup Clouds". I have no idea how he gathered the data for analysis -- if he was subscribing to the feeds over time, or if he could analyze a new newsgroup on demand.

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