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Entropy 2016, 18(5), 164;

Finding Influential Users in Social Media Using Association Rule Learning

Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona 371 79, Sweden
Wrocƚaw University of Technology, 50-370 Wrocƚaw, Poland
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Academic Editor: Andreas Holzinger
Received: 30 January 2016 / Revised: 12 April 2016 / Accepted: 22 April 2016 / Published: 27 April 2016
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Influential users play an important role in online social networks since users tend to have an impact on one other. Therefore, the proposed work analyzes users and their behavior in order to identify influential users and predict user participation. Normally, the success of a social media site is dependent on the activity level of the participating users. For both online social networking sites and individual users, it is of interest to find out if a topic will be interesting or not. In this article, we propose association learning to detect relationships between users. In order to verify the findings, several experiments were executed based on social network analysis, in which the most influential users identified from association rule learning were compared to the results from Degree Centrality and Page Rank Centrality. The results clearly indicate that it is possible to identify the most influential users using association rule learning. In addition, the results also indicate a lower execution time compared to state-of-the-art methods. View Full-Text
Keywords: social media; data mining; association rule learning; prediction; social network analysis social media; data mining; association rule learning; prediction; social network analysis

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Erlandsson, F.; Bródka, P.; Borg, A.; Johnson, H. Finding Influential Users in Social Media Using Association Rule Learning. Entropy 2016, 18, 164.

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