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Dynamics of bloggers’ communities: Bipartite networks from empirical data and agent-based modeling

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  • Mitrović, Marija
  • Tadić, Bosiljka
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    We present an analysis of the empirical data and the agent-based modeling of the emotional behavior of users on the Web portals where the user interaction is mediated by posted comments, like Blogs and Diggs. We consider the dataset of discussion-driven popular Diggs, in which all comments are screened by machine-learning emotion detection in the text, to determine positive and negative valence (attractiveness and aversiveness) of each comment. By mapping the data onto a suitable bipartite network, we perform an analysis of the network topology and the related time-series of the emotional comments. The agent-based model is then introduced to simulate the dynamics and to capture the emergence of the emotional behaviors and communities. The agents are linked to posts on a bipartite network, whose structure evolves through their actions on the posts. The emotional states (arousal and valence) of each agent fluctuate in time, subject to the current contents of the posts to which the agent is exposed. By an agent’s action on a post its current emotions are transferred to the post. The model rules and the key parameters are inferred from the considered empirical data to ensure their realistic values and mutual consistency. The model assumes that the emotional arousal over posts drives the agent’s action. The simulations are preformed for the case of constant flux of agents and the results are analyzed in full analogy with the empirical data. The main conclusions are that the emotion-driven dynamics leads to long-range temporal correlations and emergent networks with community structure, that are comparable with the ones in the empirical system of popular posts. In view of pure emotion-driven agents actions, this type of comparisons provide a quantitative measure for the role of emotions in the dynamics on real blogs. Furthermore, the model reveals the underlying mechanisms which relate the post popularity with the emotion dynamics and the prevalence of negative emotions (critique). We also demonstrate how the community structure is tuned by varying a relevant parameter in the model. All data used in these works are fully anonymized.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications.

    Volume (Year): 391 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 21 ()
    Pages: 5264-5278

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:391:y:2012:i:21:p:5264-5278
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2012.06.004
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    1. M. Mitrović & B. Tadić, 2010. "Bloggers behavior and emergent communities in Blog space," The European Physical Journal B: Condensed Matter and Complex Systems, Springer;EDP Sciences, vol. 73(2), pages 293-301, January.
    2. F. Schweitzer & D. Garcia, 2010. "An agent-based model of collective emotions in online communities," The European Physical Journal B: Condensed Matter and Complex Systems, Springer;EDP Sciences, vol. 77(4), pages 533-545, October.
    3. M. Mitrović & G. Paltoglou & B. Tadić, 2010. "Networks and emotion-driven user communities at popular blogs," The European Physical Journal B: Condensed Matter and Complex Systems, Springer;EDP Sciences, vol. 77(4), pages 597-609, October.
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