Simulation of user participation and interaction in online discussion groups
2012 (English)In: Modeling and Mining Ubiquitous Social Media: International Workshops MSM 2011, Boston, MA, USA, October 9, 2011, and MUSE 2011, Athens, Greece, September 5, 2011, Revised Selected Papers, 2012, 138-157 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Online discussion groups (Internet forums) are difficult to analyze with normal social network analysis because there are no data that can be used to represent edges between nodes. In this study we use citations and mentions of names of other group members as a proxy for a directed social interaction between the nodes. We call these markers of social interactions grooms. This method: grooming analysis makes it possible to analyze and define a network based on the social interaction in the group. Our previous studies indicated that the tendency to make posts in the group was affected by how much grooming a group member had received from others. To test this assumption, we created various simulation models as thinking tools for understanding the mechanisms behind social structuring in discussion groups. Models were tested against observed data, with and without the concept of grooming. We found that the concept of grooming was useful to understand the mechanisms behind the activity in the group. The concept of social grooming - actions which invoke another participant's name, proved to be highly predictive of subsequent activity and interaction.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. 138-157 p.
, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743 ; 7472
data mining, Mathematica, online forum, social interaction, Social network analysis, Group members, Network-based, Observed data, Online discussions, Online forums, Social interactions, User participation, Computer simulation, Social sciences, Social networking (online)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-186824DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33684-3_8ISBN: 978-364233683-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-186824DiVA: diva2:575888
2nd International Workshop on Modeling and Mining Ubiquitous Social Media, MSM 2011, MUSE 2011, 9 October 2011 through 9 October 2011, Boston, MA, USA
Source: Scopus2012-12-112012-11-292012-12-11Bibliographically approved