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Comment-based discussion communities In the Russian livejournal and their topical coherence

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  • Olessia Y. Koltsova

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

  • Sergei N. Koltcov

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

  • Sergey I. Nikolenko

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

Abstract

We study the structure of online discussions in order to uncover latent communities of socially important debate. Our research reveals that discussion communities defined by mutual commenting in the Russian language blogosphere are centered mainly around blog authors as opinion leaders and, to a lesser extent, around a shared topic or topics. We have derived these conclusions from the dataset of 17386 full text posts written by top 2000 LiveJournal bloggers and over 520,000 comments that result in about 4.5 million edges in the network of co-commenting

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  • Olessia Y. Koltsova & Sergei N. Koltcov & Sergey I. Nikolenko, 2013. "Comment-based discussion communities In the Russian livejournal and their topical coherence," HSE Working papers WP BRP 33/SOC/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:33/soc/2013
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    1. Zakharov, Pavel, 2007. "Diffusion approach for community discovering within the complex networks: LiveJournal study," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 378(2), pages 550-560.
    2. Henry Farrell & Daniel Drezner, 2008. "The power and politics of blogs," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 134(1), pages 15-30, January.
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    Keywords

    Comment-based communities; online discussion; blogs; Russia;

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    • Z19 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Other

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