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Information spreading on mobile communication networks: A new model that incorporates human behaviors

Fei Ren, Sai-Ping Li and Chuang Liu

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2017, vol. 469, issue C, 334-341

Abstract: Recently, there is a growing interest in the modeling and simulation based on real social networks among researchers in multi-disciplines. Using an empirical social network constructed from the calling records of a Chinese mobile service provider, we here propose a new model to simulate the information spreading process. This model takes into account two important ingredients that exist in real human behaviors: information prevalence and preferential spreading. The fraction of informed nodes when the system reaches an asymptotically stable state is primarily determined by information prevalence, and the heterogeneity of link weights would slow down the information diffusion. Moreover, the sizes of blind clusters which consist of connected uninformed nodes show a power-law distribution, and these uninformed nodes correspond to a particular portion of nodes which are located at special positions in the network, namely at the edges of large clusters or inside the clusters connected through weak links. Since the simulations are performed on a real world network, the results should be useful in the understanding of the influences of social network structures and human behaviors on information propagation.

Keywords: Complex networks; Information spreading; Mobile phone data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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