An empirical study of information diffusion in micro-blogging systems during emergency events

Kainan Cui, Xiaolong Zheng, Daniel Dajun Zeng, Zhu Zhang, Chuan Luo, Saike He

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Abstract

Understanding the rapid information diffusion process in social media is critical for crisis management. Most of existing studies mainly focus on information diffusion patterns under the word-of-mouth spread mechanism. However, to date, the mass-media spread mechanism in social media is still not well studied. In this paper, we take the emergency event of Wenzhou train crash as a case and conduct an empirical analysis, utilizing geospatial correlation analysis and social network analysis, to explore the mass-meida spread mechanism in social media. By using the approach of agent-based modeling, we further make a quantativiely comparison with the information diffusion patterns under the word-of-mouth spread mechanism. Our exprimental results show that the mass-meida spread mechanism plays a more important role than that of the word-of-mouth in the information diffusion process during emergency events. The results of this paper can provide significant potential implications for crisis management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWeb-Age Information Management - WAIM 2013, International Workshops
Subtitle of host publicationHardBD, MDSP, BigEM, TMSN, LQPM, BDMS, Proceedings
Pages140-151
Number of pages12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Web-Age Information Management, WAIM 2013 - Beidaihe, China
Duration: Jun 14 2013Jun 16 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7901 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other14th International Conference on Web-Age Information Management, WAIM 2013
CountryChina
CityBeidaihe
Period6/14/136/16/13

Keywords

  • Information diffusion
  • emergency response
  • micro-blogging systems
  • opinion dynamic
  • social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Cui, K., Zheng, X., Zeng, D. D., Zhang, Z., Luo, C., & He, S. (2013). An empirical study of information diffusion in micro-blogging systems during emergency events. In Web-Age Information Management - WAIM 2013, International Workshops: HardBD, MDSP, BigEM, TMSN, LQPM, BDMS, Proceedings (pp. 140-151). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 7901 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39527-7_16