A short-term trend prediction model of topic over Sina Weibo dataset

Juanjuan Zhao, Weili Wu, Xiaolong Zhang, Yan Qiang, Tao Liu, Lidong Wu

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Microblog has become a popular social network service. It provides a new communication platform for information acquisition, sharing and spreading. In addition to presenting daily-life reports from users, microblog also reports unexpected events, which get broad attention. How to forecast such unexpected events as early as possible? In this paper, we propose a short-term trend prediction model of topics in Sina Weibo, the most popular microblog service in China. Based on real microblog data, we first analyze which Weibo data attributes have influence on the spreading of topics, and then build a topic spreading model. Further, we develop a model of short-term trend prediction of topics. With dataset from Weibo, we test our algorithm and analyze the experimental data which shows that the proposed model can give a short-term trend prediction of Weibo topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-625
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Combinatorial Optimization
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Control and Optimization
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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