Paper from 2018: Challenges of Growing Social Media Networks From the Bottom-Up Through the Agent Perspective

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We developed an agent-based model in order to understand agent/node behaviors that generate social media networks. We use simple rules to synthetically generate a backcloth (friend/follow) network collected using Twitter’s API. The Twitter network was collected using seeds for known terrorist propaganda accounts in 2015. Model parameter adjustments were made to reproduce the collected network’s summary statistics, stylized facts and general structural measures. We produced an approximate network in line with the general properties of our collected data. We present our findings with a focus on the challenging aspects of this reproduction. We find that while it is possible to generate a social media network utilizing a few simple rules, numerous challenges arise requiring departure from the agent viewpoint and the development of more useful methods. We present numerous weaknesses and challenges in our reproduction and propose potential solutions for future efforts.

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Dr. Joseph A.E. Shaheen

Computational Social Scientist with a twist of network science, social network analysis, data science, and random thoughts.

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