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Chin. Phys. B, 0, Vol. (): 60101-060101    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/6/060101
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Impact of user influence on informationmulti-step communication in a micro-blog

Wu Yue, Hu Yong, He Xiao-Hai, Deng Ken
College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
Abstract  User influence is generally considered as one of the most critical factors that affect information cascading spreading. Based on this common assumption, this paper proposes a theoretical model to examine user influence on the information multi-step communication in a micro-blog. The multi-steps of information communication are divided into first-step and non-first-step, and user influence is classified into five dimensions. Actual data from the Sina micro-blog is collected to construct the model by means of an approach based on structural equations that uses the Partial Least Squares (PLS) technique. Our experimental results indicate that the dimensions of the number of fans and their authority significantly impact the information of first-step communication. Leader rank has a positive impact on both first-step and non-first-step communication. Moreover, global centrality and weight of friends are positively related to the information non-first-step communication, but authority is found to have much less relation to it.
Keywords:  user influence      information multi-step communication      micro-blog      structural equations  
Received:  22 August 2013      Revised:  27 November 2013      Published:  15 June 2014
PACS:  01.10.-m (Announcements, news, and organizational activities)  
  02.50.-r (Probability theory, stochastic processes, and statistics)  
  89.75.Hc (Networks and genealogical trees)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 60873246) and China Information Technology Security Evaluation Center.
Corresponding Authors:  Hu Yong     E-mail:

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Wu Yue, Hu Yong, He Xiao-Hai, Deng Ken Impact of user influence on informationmulti-step communication in a micro-blog 0 Chin. Phys. B 60101

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