Reconstructing history of social network evolution using web search engines

Jin Akaishi, Hiroki Sayama, Shelley D. Dionne, Xiujian Chen, Alka Gupta, Chanyu Hao, Andra Serban, Benjamin James Bush, Hadassah J. Head, Francis J. Yammarino

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Abstract

We propose a simple web search engine based method for collecting approximated historical data of temporally changing social adaptive networks, which are rather difficult to obtain experimentally in conventional research methods. In the proposed method, a search query string is combined with additional keywords that specify inclusion/exclusion of specific years to limit the search results to a particular time point. Using the proposed method, we reconstructed the temporal evolution of a social network from 2005 to 2009 of 93 individuals who are important in the US economy. We measured centralities of those individuals for every year and found several illustrative cases where the temporal change of centrality of an individual correctly captured the actual events that are related to him/her over this time period. These results indicate the effectiveness of the proposed method. Limitations and future directions of research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems - 5th International ICST Conference, BIONETICS 2010, Revised Selected Papers
Pages155-162
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sep 6
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International ICST Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems, BIONETICS 2010 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 2010 Dec 12010 Dec 3

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume87 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211

Other

Other5th International ICST Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems, BIONETICS 2010
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period10/12/110/12/3

Keywords

  • Social networks
  • adaptive networks
  • centrality
  • data collection
  • network evolution
  • web search engines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Akaishi, J., Sayama, H., Dionne, S. D., Chen, X., Gupta, A., Hao, C., Serban, A., Bush, B. J., Head, H. J., & Yammarino, F. J. (2012). Reconstructing history of social network evolution using web search engines. In Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems - 5th International ICST Conference, BIONETICS 2010, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 155-162). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; Vol. 87 LNICST). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32615-8_18