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    Analysis of a heterogeneous social network of humans and cultural objects

    Agreste, S. and De Meo, P. and Ferrara, E. and Piccolo, S. and Provetti, Alessandro (2015) Analysis of a heterogeneous social network of humans and cultural objects. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems 45 (4), pp. 559-570. ISSN 2168-2216.

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    Modern online social platforms allow their members to be involved in a broad range of activities including getting friends, joining groups, posting and commenting resources. In this article we investigate whether a correlation emerges across the different activities a user can take part in. For our analysis we focused on aNobii, a social platform with a world-wide user base of book readers, who post their readings, give ratings, review books and discuss them with friends and fellow readers. aNobii presents a heterogeneous structure: i) part social network, with user-to-user interactions, ii) part interest network, with the management of book collections, and iii) part folksonomy, with books that are tagged by the users. We analysed a complete snapshot of aNobii and we focused on three specific activities a user can perform, namely tagging behaviour, tendency to join groups and aptitude to compile a wishlist of the books one is planning to read. For each user we create a tag-based, a group-based and a wishlist-based profile. Experimental analysis , which was carried out with Information-Theory tools like entropy and mutual information, suggests that tag-based and group-based profiles are in general more informative than wishlist-based ones. Furthermore, we discover that the degree of correlation between the three profiles associated with the same user tend to be small. Hence, user profiling cannot be reduced to considering just any one type of user activity (albeit important) but it is crucial to incorporate multiple dimensions to effectively describe users' preferences and behaviour.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Data Analytics, Birkbeck Institute for
    Depositing User: Alessandro Provetti
    Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2018 13:26
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:45


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