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Measuring Network Structure Metrics as a Proxy for Socio-political Activity in Social Media

Mwanza, Selvas and Hussein Suleman (2017) Measuring Network Structure Metrics as a Proxy for Socio-political Activity in Social Media. In Proceedings International Workshop on Data Mining in Politics, New Orleans, USA.

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Abstract

Social surveys have been used by researchers and policy makers as an essential tool for understanding social and political activities in society. Social media has introduced a new way of capturing data from large numbers of people. Unlike surveys, social media deliver data more rapidly and cheaply. In this paper, we aim to rapidly identify socio-political activity in South Africa using proxy data from social media. We measure and analyse scalar properties of a network created by user interactions on Twitter. Our experimental results show that network diameter and reciprocity have statistical significance in determining socio-political activity.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Social Media, Social Networks Analysis, RDF Graphs, Socio-political, Network Metrics
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.3 INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL
ID Code:1224
Deposited By:Suleman, Hussein
Deposited On:25 November 2017