Blogs facilitate online debates and discussions for millions of people around the world. Identifying the most popular and prevailing topics discussed in the Blogosphere is a crucial task. This paper describes our novel approach to the quantification of the level of topic propagation in the Blogosphere. It tries to answer one key question: How many people should know about a subject before it becomes prevalent? Our model uses graph-theoretic representations of the Blogosphere’s link structures that allows it to deduce the ‘Percolation Threshold’, which is then used in the quantification and definition of a prevalent or ‘Global’ topic. We applied our approach and analysed the social structure of the ICWSM data collection to find the answer.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 17 May 2009|
|Event||3rd International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media - San Jose, United States|
Duration: 17 May 2009 → 20 May 2009
|Conference||3rd International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media|
|Period||17/05/09 → 20/05/09|
- topic propagation
- percolation threshold
- graph-theoretic representation
- social networks
Bolourian, A. A., Moshfeghi, Y., & van Rijsbergen, C. J. (2009). Quantification of topic propagation using percolation theory: a study of the icwsm network. Paper presented at 3rd International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, San Jose, United States.