Attention allocation of twitter users in geopolitics

Saike He, Changliang Li, Hailiang Wang, Xiaolong Zheng, Zhu Zhang, Jiaojiao Wang, Daniel Zeng

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Abstract

How people divide their attention across their friends can help to understand key issues in the realm of geopolitics. Such attention exploration allows us to compare people who focus a large portion of their attention on a small set of close friends with those disperse their attention more widely. Using 2.5 million twitter data written by 130 thousands users, we find the balance of attention is a relatively stable property of people across different modalities of interaction. It displays subtle variation across people with different characteristics and different modalities of interaction. Specifically, people's attention is more focused in mention interactions, while those active in socialization tend to allocate higher portion of total attention to their close friends. Besides external interactions, people's inner interests also affect their attention allocation. People spreading multiple memes tend to be focused, and those with more even distribution of memes are focused on their intimate friends. Finally, people's relationships also plays an important role in their attention allocation. People are more likely to focus their attention on those most like them, and this similarity sequentially enhances the intimate relationship between them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2019
EditorsXiaolong Zheng, Ahmed Abbasi, Michael Chau, Alan Wang, Lina Zhou
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728125046
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event17th IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2019 - Shenzhen, China
Duration: Jul 1 2019Jul 3 2019

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2019

Conference

Conference17th IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2019
CountryChina
CityShenzhen
Period7/1/197/3/19

Keywords

  • Attention allocation
  • Causality analysis
  • Geopolitics
  • Homophily

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Information Systems

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    He, S., Li, C., Wang, H., Zheng, X., Zhang, Z., Wang, J., & Zeng, D. (2019). Attention allocation of twitter users in geopolitics. In X. Zheng, A. Abbasi, M. Chau, A. Wang, & L. Zhou (Eds.), 2019 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2019 (pp. 1-6). [8823342] (2019 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2019). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISI.2019.8823342