509 E 3RD ST
Inter Com Sci Econ Soc S (ICE)
Program Reference Code(s):
7796, 7924, 7932, 9251
Program Element Code(s):
The project is aimed at modeling the diffusion of information online and empirically discriminating among models of mechanisms driving the spread of memes. We explore why some ideas cause viral explosions while others are quickly forgotten. Our analysis goes beyond the traditional approach of applied epidemic diffusion processes and focuses on cascade size distributions and popularity time series in order to model the agents and processes driving the online diffusion of information, including: users and their topical interests, competition for user attention, and the chronological age of information. Completion of our project will result in a better understanding of information flow and could assist in elucidating the complex mechanisms that underlie a variety of human dynamics and organizations. The analysis will involve studying meme diffusion in large-scale social media by collecting and analyzing massive streams of public micro-blogging data.
The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly. Our data will be made available via APIs and include information on meme propagation networks, statistical data, and relevant user and content features. The open-source platform we develop will be made publicly available and will be extensible to ever more research areas as a greater preponderance of human activities are replicated online. Additionally, we will create a web service open to the public for monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes. This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.
PUBLICATIONS PRODUCED AS A RESULT OF THIS RESEARCH
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A. Vespignani. "Modeling Dynamical Processes in Complex Socio-technical Systems," Nature Physics, v.8, 2012, p. 32.
L. Weng, A. Flammini, A. Vespignani, and F. Menczer. "Competition among memes in a world with limited attention," Nature Scientific Reports, v.2, 2012, p. 335.
M Conover, E Ferrara, F Menczer, and A Flammini. "The Digital Evolution of Occupy Wall Street," PLoS ONE, v.8, 2013, p. e64679.
Delia Mocanu, Andrea Baronchelli, Nicola Perra, Bruno Gonçalves, Qian Zhang, Alessandro Vespignani. "The Twitter of Babel: Mapping World Languages through Microblogging Platforms," PLoS ONE, v.8, 2013, p. e61981.
Zhang, Qian; Perra, Nicola; Goncalves, Bruno; Ciulla, Fabio; Vespignani, Alessandro. "Characterizing scientific production and consumption in Physics," SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v.3, 2013, p. 1640.
Conover, Michael D.; Davis, Clayton; Ferrara, Emilio; McKelvey, Karissa; Menczer, Filippo; Flammini, Alessandro. "The Geospatial Characteristics of a Social Movement Communication Network," PLOS ONE, v.8, 2013, p. e55957.
M. Conover, B. Goncalves, A. Flammini, and F. Menczer.. "Partisan asymmetries in online political activity," EPJ Data Science, v.1, 2012, p. 6.
Joseph DiGrazia, Karissa McKelvey, Johan Bollen, and Fabio Rojas. "More Tweets, More Votes: Social Media as a Quantitative Indicator of Political Behavior," PLOS ONE, v.8, 2013, p. e79449.
L. Weng, F. Menczer, and Y.-Y. Ahn. "Virality Prediction and Community Structure in Social Networks," Nature Sci. Rep., v.3, 2013, p. 2522.
Márton Karsai, Nicola Perra, Alessandro Vespignani. "Time varying networks and the weakness of strong ties," Nature Scientific Reports, v.4, 2014, p. 4001.
S. Liu, N. Perra, M. Karsai, A. Vespignani. "Controlling contagion processes in activity-driven networks," Physical Review Letters, v.112, 2014, p. 118702.
Azadeh Nematzadeh, Emilio Ferrara, Alessandro Flammini, Yong-Yeol Ahn. "Optimal network modularity for information diffusion," Phys. Rev. Lett., v.113, 2015, p. 088701.
Bratislav Mi?i?, Richard F. Betzel, Azadeh Nematzadeh, Joaquin Goñi, Alessandra Griffa, Patric Hagmann, Alessandro Flammini, Yong-Yeol Ahn, Olaf Sporns. "Cooperative and Competitive Spreading Dynamics on the Human Connectome," Neuron, v.86, 2015, p. 1518.
Dong X, Bollen J.. "Computational Models of Consumer Confidence from Large-Scale Online Attention Data: Crowd-Sourcing Econometrics," PLoS ONE, v.10, 2015, p. e0120039.
Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, Alessandro Flammini, Filippo Menczer. "The production of information in the attention economy," Nature Sci. Rep., v.5, 2015, p. 9452.
Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, Prashant Shiralkar, Luis M. Rocha, Johan Bollen, Filippo Menczer, Alessandro Flammini. "Computational fact checking from knowledge networks," PLoS ONE, v.10, 2015, p. e0128193.
Grabowicz, P and Aiello, L M and Menczer, F. "Fast filtering and animation of large dynamic networks," EPJ Data Science, v.3, 2014, p. 27.
JafariAsbagh, Mohsen and Ferrara, Emilio and Varol, Onur and Menczer, Filippo and Flammini, Alessandro. "Clustering memes in social media streams," Social Network Analysis and Mining, v.4, 2014, p. 237.
Lilian Weng, Filippo Menczer. "Topicality and Social Impact: Diverse Messages but Focused Messengers," PLoS ONE, v.10, 2015, p. e0118410.
B. Goncalves, M. Conover, and F. Menczer. "Abuse of social media and political manipulation", 07/01/2011-06/30/2012, , Markus Jakobsson"The Death of The Internet",  2012, "Wiley".
Conover, B Goncalves, J Ratkiewicz, A Flammini, and F Menczer. "Predicting the Political Alignment of Twitter Users", 07/01/2011-06/30/2012, "Proceedings of 3rd IEEE Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom)",  2011, "IEEE".
M. D. Conover, J. Ratkiewicz, B. Gonçalves, M. Francisco, A. Flammini, F. Menczer. "Social Media and the Networked Public Sphere", 07/01/2011-06/30/2012, "Workshop on Information in Networks",  2011, "http://www.winworkshop.net/".
Michael Conover, Jacob Ratkiewicz, Matthew Francisco, Bruno Goncalves, Alessandro Flammini, and Filippo Menczer. "Political Polarization on Twitter", 07/01/2011-06/30/2012, "Proc. 5th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM)",  2011, "AAAI".
Jacob Ratkiewicz, Michael Conover, Mark Meiss, Bruno Goncalves, Alessandro Flammini, and Filippo Menczer. "Detecting and Tracking Political Abuse in Social Media", 07/01/2011-06/30/2012, "Proc. 5th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM)",  2011, "AAAI".
Karissa McKelvey, Alex Rudnick, Michael Conover, and Filippo Menczer. "Visualizing Communication on Social Media: Making Big Data Accessible", 07/01/2011-06/30/2012, "Proc. CSCW Workshop on Collective Intelligence as Community Discourse and Action",  2012, "http://events.kmi.open.ac.uk/cscw-ci2012/programme-papers-demos/".