Influence Diffusion Dynamics and Influence Maximization in Social Networks with Friend and Foe Relationships

21 Nov 2011  ·  Yanhua Li, Wei Chen, Yajun Wang, Zhi-Li Zhang ·

Influence diffusion and influence maximization in large-scale online social networks (OSNs) have been extensively studied, because of their impacts on enabling effective online viral marketing. Existing studies focus on social networks with only friendship relations, whereas the foe or enemy relations that commonly exist in many OSNs, e.g., Epinions and Slashdot, are completely ignored. In this paper, we make the first attempt to investigate the influence diffusion and influence maximization in OSNs with both friend and foe relations, which are modeled using positive and negative edges on signed networks. In particular, we extend the classic voter model to signed networks and analyze the dynamics of influence diffusion of two opposite opinions. We first provide systematic characterization of both short-term and long-term dynamics of influence diffusion in this model, and illustrate that the steady state behaviors of the dynamics depend on three types of graph structures, which we refer to as balanced graphs, anti-balanced graphs, and strictly unbalanced graphs. We then apply our results to solve the influence maximization problem and develop efficient algorithms to select initial seeds of one opinion that maximize either its short-term influence coverage or long-term steady state influence coverage. Extensive simulation results on both synthetic and real-world networks, such as Epinions and Slashdot, confirm our theoretical analysis on influence diffusion dynamics, and demonstrate the efficacy of our influence maximization algorithm over other heuristic algorithms.

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Social and Information Networks Discrete Mathematics Physics and Society E.1; H.3.3