Information propagation in online social network based on human dynamics. (English) Zbl 1272.91111

Summary: We investigate the impact of human dynamics on the information propagation in online social networks. First, statistical properties of the human behavior are studied using the data from the “Sina Microblog”, which is one of the most popular online social networks in China. We find that human activity patterns are heterogeneous and bursty and are often described by a power-law interevent time distribution \(P(\tau) \sim \tau^{-\alpha}\). Second, we proposed an extended Susceptible-Infected (SI) propagation model to incorporate bursty and limited attention. We unveil how bursty human behavior and limited attention affect the information propagation in online social networks. The result in this paper can be useful for optimizing or controlling information propagation in online social networks.


91D30 Social networks; opinion dynamics
68M11 Internet topics
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