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Conroy, J; Griffith, J; O'Riordan, C;
KDIR 2011: PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON KNOWLEDGE DISCOVERY AND INFORMATION RETRIEVAL
MEASURING TWITTER USER SIMILARITY AS A FUNCTION OF STRENGTH OF TIES
2011
November
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Twitter Social media Microblogging Information retrieval Social networks NETWORKS
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Users of online social networks reside in social graphs, where any given user-pair may be connected or unconnected. These connections may be formal or inferred social links; and may be binary or weighted. We might expect that users who are connected by a social tie are more similar in what they write than unconnected users, and that more strongly connected pairs of users are more similar again than less-strongly connected users, but this has never been formally tested. This work describes a method for calculating the similarity between twitter social entities based on what they have written, before examining the similarity between twitter user-pairs as a function of how tightly connected they are. We show that the similarity between pairs of twitter users is indeed positively correlated with the strength of the tie between them.
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