With the increasing popularity of user-contributed sites, the phenomenon of “social pollution”, the presence of abusive posts has become increasingly prevalent. In this paper, we describe a novel approach to investigate negative behavior dynamics in online social networks as epidemic phenomena. We show that using hybrid automata, it is possible to explain the contagion of antinormative behavior in certain online commentaries. We present two variations of a finite-state machine model for time-varying epidemic dynamics, namely triggered state transition and iterative local regression, which differ with respect to accuracy and complexity.We validate the model with experiments over a dataset of 400,000 comments on 800 YouTube videos, classified by genre, and indicate how different epidemic patterns of behavior can be tied to specific interaction patterns among users.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Information Systems
- Media Technology
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Computer Science Applications