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Precursors and Laggards: An Analysis of Semantic Temporal Relationships on a Blog Network

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Precursors and Laggards: An Analysis of Semantic Temporal Relationships on a Blog Network
We explore the hypothesis that it is possible to obtain information about the dynamics of a blog network by analysing the temporal relationships between blogs at a semantic level, and that this type of analysis adds to the knowledge that can be extracted by studying the network only at the structural level of URL links. We present an algorithm to automatically detect fine-grained discussion topics, characterized by n-grams and time intervals. We then propose a probabilistic model to estimate the temporal relationships that blogs have with one another. We define the precursor score of blog A in relation to blog B as the probability that A enters a new topic before B, discounting the effect created by asymmetric posting rates. Network-level metrics of precursor and laggard behavior are derived from these dyadic precursor score estimations. This model is used to analyze a network of French political blogs. The scores are compared to traditional link degree metrics. We obtain insights into...
Telmo Menezes, Camille Roth, Jean-Philippe Cointet
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where SOCIALCOM
Authors Telmo Menezes, Camille Roth, Jean-Philippe Cointet
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