Modeling emotion entrainment of online users in emergency events

Saike He, Xiaolong Zheng, Dajun Zeng, Bo Xu, Changliang Li, Guanhua Tian, Lei Wang, Hongwei Hao

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


Emotion entrainment accounts for the rhythmic convergence of human emotions through social interactions. This phenomenon abounds in various disciplines, i.e. effervescency in soccer games, anger proliferation in violence incidents, or anxiety diffusion in disasters. Although emotion entrainment is highly relevant to the quality of human daily life, the principles underpinning this phenomenon is still unclear. Previous dynamic models try to explain entrainment phenomenon by assuming symmetrical coupling among identical individuals. Yet this assumption clearly does not hold in real-world human interactions. As such, we propose an alternative model that captures asymmetric relationships. In depicting the coupling mechanism, the effect of social influence is also encoded. Experimental results on two emergent social events suggest that the proposed model characterizes emotion trends with high accuracy. Also, we explain the emotion dynamics by analyzing the reconstructed entrainment matrix. Our work may present practical implications for those who want to guide or regulate the emotion evolution in emergency events discussed online.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationSecuring the World through an Alignment of Technology, Intelligence, Humans and Organizations, ISI 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781479998883
StatePublished - Jul 23 2015
Event13th IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2015 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: May 27 2015May 29 2015


Other13th IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • dynamic model
  • emotion entrainment
  • social influence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Law
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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