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  • The past decade has witnessed the emergence of participatory Web and social media, bringing peopletogether in many creative ways. Millions of users are playing, tagging, working, and socializingonline, demonstrating new forms of collaboration, communication, and intelligence that were hardlyimaginable just a short time ago. Social media also helps reshape business models, sway opinions andemotions, and opens up numerous possibilities to study human interaction and collective behavior inan unparalleled scale. This lecture, from a data mining perspective, introduces characteristics of socialmedia, reviews representative tasks of computing with social media, and illustrates associated challenges.
  • In traditional media such as TV, radio, movies, and newspapers, it is only a small numberof “authorities” or “experts” who decide which information should be produced and how it is distributed.The majority of users are consumers who are separated from the production process. Thecommunication pattern in the traditional media is one-way traffic, from a centralized producer towidespread consumers.This new type of mass publication enables the production of timely news and grassrootsinformation and leads to mountains of user-generated contents, forming the wisdom of crowds
  • Twitter: a directed graphFacebook: an undirected graphIn Twitter, for example, one user x follows another user y, but user y does not necessarily follow user x. In this case, the follower-followee network is directed and asymmetrical
  • a linear relationship between the logarithms of the variables
  • the number of connections between one’s friends over the total number of possible connections among them
  • Previously: email communication networks, instant messaging networks, mobile call networks, friendshipNetworks. Other forms of complex networks, like coauthorship or citation networks, biological networks, metabolic pathways, genetic regulatory networks and food webThese large-scale networks combined with unique characteristics of social media present novelchallenges for mining social media.In reality, multiple relationships can exist between individuals. Two personscan be friends and colleagues at the same time. Thus, a variety of interactions exist betweenthe same set of actors in a network. Multiple types of entities can also be involved in onenetwork. For many social bookmarking and media sharing sites, users, tags and content areintertwined with each other, leading to heterogeneous entities in one network. Analysis ofthese heterogeneous networks involving heterogeneous entities or interactions requires newtheories and tools.Social media emphasizes timeliness. For example, in content sharing sites andblogosphere, people quickly lose their interest in most shared contents and blog posts. Thisdiffers fromclassical web mining.Newusers join in,newconnections establish between existingmembers, and senior users become dormant or simply leave.How can we capture the dynamicsof individuals in networks? Can we find the die-hard members that are the backbone ofcommunities? Can they determine the rise and fall of their communities?In social media, people tend to share their connections. The wisdomof crowds, in forms of tags, comments, reviews, and ratings, is often accessible. The metainformation, in conjunction with user interactions, might be useful for many applications.It remains a challenge to effectively employ social connectivity information and collectiveintelligence to build social computing applications.A research barrier concerning mining social media is evaluation. In traditionaldata mining, we are so used to the training-testing model of evaluation. It differs in socialmedia. Since many social media sites are required to protect user privacy information, limitedbenchmark data is available. Another frequently encountered problem is the lack of groundtruth for many social computing tasks, which further hinders some comparative study ofdifferent works.Without ground truth, how can we conduct fair comparison and evaluation?Slide 7-11

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  • CSE509: Introduction to Web Science and Technology
    Lecture 5: Social Network Analysis
    Web Science Research Group
    Institute of Business Administration (IBA)
  • Last Time…
    Web Data Explosion
    Part I
    MapReduce Basics
    MapReduce Example and Details
    MapReduce Case-Study: Web Crawler based on MapReduce Architecture
    Part II
    Large-Scale File Systems
    Google File System Case-Study
    August 06, 2011
  • Today
    Transition from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0
    Social Media Characteristics
    Part I: Theoretical Aspects
    Social Networks as a Graph
    Properties of Social Networks
    Part II: Getting Hands-On Experience on Social Media Analytics
    Twitter Data Hacks
    Part III: Example Researches
    August 06, 2011
  • Quick Survey
    Do you have a Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or LinkedIn account?
    Do you own a blog?
    Do you read blogs?
    Have you ever searched for something on Wikipedia?
    Have you ever submitted content to a social network?
    August 06, 2011
  • Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0
    August 06, 2011
    Borrowed from SIGKDD 2008 tutorial slides of Professor Huan Liu and Professor Nitin Agarwal with permission
  • What is so Different about Web 2.0?
    User Generated Content
    Collaborative Environment: Participatory Web, Citizen Journalism
    User is the Driving Factor
    August 06, 2011
    A Paradigm Shift rather than a Technology Shift
  • Top 20 Most Visited Web Sites
    Internet traffic report by Alexa on July 29th 2008
    August 06, 2011
    Borrowed from SIGKDD 2008 tutorial slides of Professor Huan Liu and Professor Nitin Agarwal with permission
  • Various forms of Social Media
    Blog: Wordpress, blogspot, LiveJournal
    Forum: Yahoo! Answers, Epinions
    Media Sharing: Flickr, YouTube, Scribd
    Microblogging: Twitter, FourSquare
    Social Networking: Facebook, LinkedIn, Orkut
    Social Bookmarking: Del.icio.us, Diigo
    Wikis: Wikipedia, scholarpedia, AskDrWiki
    August 06, 2011
  • Characteristics of Social Media
    “Consumers” become “Producers”
    Rich User Interaction
    User-Generated Contents
    Collaborative environment
    Collective Wisdom
    Long Tail
    Broadcast Media
    Filter, then Publish
    Social Media
    Publish, then Filter
    August 06, 2011
  • August 06, 2011
  • PART I: Theoretical Aspects
    August 06, 2011
  • Networks and Representation
    Social Network: A social structure made of nodes (individuals or organizations) and edges that connect nodes in various relationships like friendship, kinship etc.
    August 06, 2011
    • Graph Representation
    • Matrix Representation
  • Properties of Large-Scale Networks
    Networks in social media are typically huge, involving millions of actors and connections
    Large-scale networks in real world demonstrate similar patterns
    Scale-free Distributions
    Small-world Effect
    Strong Community Structure
    August 06, 2011
  • Scale-Free Distributions
    Degree distribution in large-scale networks often follows a power law.
    A.k.a. long tail distribution, scale-free distribution
    August 06, 2011
  • Small-World Effect
    “Six Degrees of Separation”
    A famous experiment conducted by Travers and Milgram (1969)
    Subjects were asked to send a chain letter to his acquaintance in order to reach a target person
    The average path length is around 5.5
    Verified on a planetary-scale IM network of 180 million users (Leskovec and Horvitz 2008)
    The average path length is 6.6
    August 06, 2011
  • Small World Facebook Experiment by Yahoo! Labs
    Anyone in the world can get a message to anyone else in just "six degrees of separation" by passing it from friend to friend. Sociologists have tried to prove (or disprove) this claim for decades, but it is still unresolved.
    August 06, 2011
  • Community Structure
    Community: People in a group interact with each other more frequently than those outside the group
    ki = number of edges among node Ni’s neighbors
    Friends of a friend are likely to be friends as well
    Measured by clustering coefficient:
    Density of connections among one’s friends
    August 06, 2011
  • Clustering Coefficient
    August 06, 2011
    • d6=4, N6= {4, 5, 7,8}
    • k6=4 as e(4,5), e(5,7), e(5,8), e(7,8)
    • C6 = 4/(4*3/2) = 2/3
    • Average clustering coefficient
    C = (C1 + C2 + … + Cn)/n
    • C = 0.61 for the left network
    • In a random graph, the expected coefficient is 14/(9*8/2) = 0.19.
  • Challenges
    Social networks are often in a scale of millions of nodes and connections
    Traditional network analysis often deals with at most hundreds of subjects
    Various types of entities and interactions are involved
    Timelines are emphasized in social media
    Collective Intelligence
    How to utilize wisdom of crowds in forms of tags, wikis, reviews
    Lack of ground truth, and complete information due to privacy
    August 06, 2011
  • Social Computing Tasks
    Social Computing: a young and vibrant field
    Conferences: KDD, WSDM, WWW, ICML, AAAI/IJCAI, SocialCom, etc.
    Centrality Analysis and Influence Modeling
    Community Detection
    Classification and Recommendation
    Privacy, Spam and Security
    August 06, 2011
  • Centrality Analysis and Influence Modeling
    Centrality Analysis:
    Identify the most important actors or edges
    E.g. PageRank in Google
    Various other criteria
    Influence modeling:
    How is information diffused?
    How does one influence each other?
    Related Problems
    Viral marketing: word-of-mouth effect
    Influence maximization
    August 06, 2011
  • Community Detection
    A community is a set of nodes between which the interactions are (relatively) frequent
    A.k.a., group, cluster, cohesive subgroups, modules
    Applications: Recommendation based communities, Network Compression, Visualization of a huge network
    New lines of research in social media
    Community Detection in Heterogeneous Networks
    Community Evolution in Dynamic Networks
    Scalable Community Detection in Large-Scale Networks
    August 06, 2011
  • Classification and Recommendation
    Common in social media applications
    Tag suggestion, Product/Friend/Group Recommendation
    August 06, 2011
    Link prediction
    Network-Based Classification
  • Privacy, Spam and Security
    Privacy is a big concern in social media
    Facebook, Google buzz often appear in debates about privacy
    NetFlix Prize Sequel cancelled due to privacy concern
    Simple anonymization does not necessarily protect privacy
    Spam blog (splog), spam comments, fake identity, etc., all requires new techniques
    As private information is involved, a secure and trustable system is critical
    Need to achieve a balance between sharing and privacy
    August 06, 2011
  • PART II: Practical SNA with Twittersphere Mining
    August 06, 2011
  • Pre-Requisites
    Expectation that Python is installed and you have some hands-on experience with it
    twitter (Twitter API for Python)
    For Windows users
    Install ActivePython: comes bundled with easy_install
    easy_install twitter
    For Linux users
    sh setuptools-0.6c11-py2.6.egg
    sudoeasy_install twitter
    August 06, 2011
  • Getting Tweets from Twitter Search API
    import twitter
    import json
    for page in range(1,6):
    print json.dumps(search_results, sort_keys=True, indent=1)
    tweets=[r['text'] for result in search_results for r in result['results']]
    print tweets
    August 06, 2011
  • Lexical Diversity for Tweets
    for t in tweets:
    words+= [w for w in t.split()]
    August 06, 2011
  • What People are Tweeting: Frequency Analysis
    August 06, 2011
  • Extracting Relationships from Tweets (1/3)
    Step 1: Extracting Graph Data
    import networkx as nx
    import re
    for page in range(1,6):
    all_tweets=[tweet for page in search_results for tweet in page["results"]]
    def get_rt_sources(tweet):
    return [source.strip() for tuple in rt_patterns.findall(tweet) for source in tuple if source not in ("RT", "via")]
    for tweet in all_tweets:
    if not rt_sources:
    for rt_source in rt_sources:
    August 06, 2011
  • Extracting Relationships from Tweets (2/3)
    Step 2: Generating DOT File
    OUT = "pakistan_search_results.dot“
    dot=['"%s" -> "%s" [tweet_id=%s]' % (n1.encode('utf-8'), n2.encode('utf-8'), g[n1][n2]['tweet_id']) for n1, n2 in g.edges()]
    f=open(OUT, 'w')
    f.write('strict digraph {n%sn}' % (';n'.join(dot),))
    August 06, 2011
  • Extracting Relationships from Tweets (3/3)
    Step 3: Visualizing the Retweet Data in Graphical Form
    For Windows users
    For Linux users
    circo -Tpng -Osnl_search_results pakistan_search_results.dot
    August 06, 2011
  • PART III: Example Researches
    August 06, 2011
  • Million Follower Fallacy (New York Times)
    August 06, 2011
  • Twitter: More a News Medium than a Social Network (PC World)
    August 06, 2011
  • Twitter for World Peace (Business Week)
    August 06, 2011
  • SocialFlow: Social Media Optimization
    Social Media Optimization Platform
    Works in Domains of Viral and Word-of-Mouth Marketing
    Provides Services to Major Media Outlets
    Recent study
    How different audiences consumed and rebroadcast messages news organizations were sending out: AlJazeera English, BBC News, CNN, The Economist, Fox News and New York Times
    August 06, 2011
  • August 06, 2011
    Twitter as a Real-Time News Analysis Service
  • Studying Ins and Outs of News
    Using Twitter to study hot news items people are heavily tweeting about
    August 06, 2011
  • Algorithm for Identification of Popular News
    August 06, 2011
  • Application Prototype
    August 06, 2011
  • Observations (1/3)
    August 06, 2011
    Percentage of news in tweets per day greater than 50% for all days except one day
  • Observations (2/3)
    August 06, 2011
    Highest Number of Recorded Tweets per Day
  • Observations (3/3)
    August 06, 2011