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In social media websites, such as Twitter and Digg, certain content will attract much more visitors than others. Predicting which content will become popular is of interest to website owners and market analysts. In this paper, the authors present a novel technique to predict popularity using the connection features of individuals and their community. Their approach is based on the hypothesis that connection plays a dominant role in spreading content on social media. The resulting predictor is more efficient than approaches which estimate popularity by complex graph properties, and more accurate than approaches that use simple visit counts.
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