Modeling the Interaction Networks about the Climate Change on Twitter: A Characterization of its Network Structure.
Author: Mouronte López, Mary Luz
Abstract: )is work studies the interaction networks (replying, retweeting, and quoting) that arise on Twitter in relation to such a relevant topic as climate change. We detected that the largest connected component of these networks presents low values of average degree and betweenness, as well as a small diameter compared to the total number of nodes in the network. )e largest connected component of retweeting and quoting networks also exhibits very low negative assortativity. )e quoting and retweeting networks have a more hierarchical structure than the replying network. We also find that the process of emergence of new links in the interaction networks can be properly modeled (with high accuracy) through a Support Vector Machine model using the embeddings provided by the Node2Vec algorithm. A Random Forest model using certain similarity measures as explanatory variables between nodes also provides high accuracy. In addition, we analyze the communities existing in each interaction network by means of the Louvain method. )ecumulative probability distributions of hashtags per community are also examined.
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