3 years ago

Social Influence (Deep) Learning for Human Behavior Prediction.

Torsten Braun, Luca Luceri, Silvia Giordano

Influence propagation in social networks has recently received large interest. In fact, the understanding of how influence propagates among subjects in a social network opens the way to a growing number of applications. Many efforts have been made to quantitatively measure the influence probability between pairs of subjects. Existing approaches have two main drawbacks: (i) they assume that the influence probabilities are independent of each other, and (ii) they do not consider the actions not performed by the subject (but performed by her/his friends) to learn these probabilities. In this paper, we propose to address these limitations by employing a deep learning approach. We introduce a Deep Neural Network (DNN) framework that has the capability for both modeling social influence and for predicting human behavior. To empirically validate the proposed framework, we conduct experiments on a real-life (offline) dataset of an Event-Based Social Network (EBSN). Results indicate that our approach outperforms existing solutions, by efficiently resolving the limitations previously described.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.09471

DOI: arXiv:1801.09471v1

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