WhoSNext: Recommending Twitter Users to Follow Using a Spreading Activation Network Based Approach

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Abstract

The huge number of modern social network users has made the web a fertile ground for the growth and development of a plethora of recommender systems. To date, recommending a new user profile X to a given user U that could be interested in creating a relationship with X has been tackled using techniques based on content analysis, existing friendship relationships and other pieces of information coming from different social networks or websites. In this paper we propose a recommending architecture-called WhoSNext (WSN)-tested on Twitter and which aim is promoting the creation of new relationships among users. As recent researches show, this is an interesting recommendation problem: for a given user U, find which other user might be proposed to U as a new friend. Instead of conducting a study based on a semantic approach (e.g. analyzing tweet content), the proposed algorithm exploits a graph created from a set of Twitter users called seeds. In this work-and, to the best of our knowledge, for the first time-this issue is addressed using only user ID for building a particular Spreading Activation Network. This network was firstly trained and then tested on a set consisting of over 400,000 real users. Experimental results show that this approach outperforms the results obtained from many well-known state-of-the-art systems, which are much more expensive in terms of either data preprocessing or computational resources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Data Mining Workshops, ICDMW
Pages62-70
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE ... INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DATA MINING WORKSHOPS

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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