Who will follow whom? Exploiting Semantics for Link Prediction in Attention-Information Networks

Presented at: The 11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2012)

by Matthew Rowe, Milan Stankovic, Harith Alani

Webpage: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35176-1_30
Webpage: http://iswc2012.semanticweb.org/sites/default/files/76490465.pdf

Existing approaches for link prediction, in the domain of network science, exploit a network's topology to predict future connections by assessing existing edges and connections, and inducing links given the presence of mutual nodes. Despite the rise in popularity of Attention-Information Networks (i.e. microblogging platforms) and the production of content within such platforms, no existing work has attempted to exploit the semantics of published content when predicting network links. In this paper we present an approach that fills this gap by a) predicting follower edges within a directed social network by exploiting concept graphs and thereby significantly outperforming a random baseline and models that rely solely on network topology information, and b) assessing the different behavior that users exhibit when making followee-addition decisions. This latter contribution exposes latent factors within social networks and the existence of a clear need for topical affinity between users for a follow link to be created.

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