The dynamical strength of social ties in information spreading (a Barcelona) 25 febrer 25UTC 2011Posted by xarxes in xarxes.
Esteban Moro (Departament de Matemàtiques, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
Location: Aula Seminari Física Fonamental (3.20)
Start time: March 3, 2011, 4 p.m.
We investigate the temporal patterns of human communication and its influence on the spreading of information in social networks. The analysis of mobile phone calls of 20 million people in one country shows that human communication is bursty and happens in group conversations. These features have opposite effects in information reach: while bursts hinder propagation at large scales, conversations favor local rapid cascades. To explain these phenomena we define the dynamical strength of social ties, a quantity that encompasses both the topological and temporal patterns of human communication. We also investigate how this dynamical strength correlates with the social structure.