Modelling and analysis of user behaviour in online communities

Angeletou, Sofia and Rowe, Matthew and Alani, Harith (2011) Modelling and analysis of user behaviour in online communities. In: The Semantic Web – ISWC 2011 10th International Semantic Web Conference, Bonn, Germany, October 23-27, 2011, Proceedings, Part I. Lecture Notes in Computer Science . Springer Verlag, GRC, pp. 35-50. ISBN 978-3-642-25072-9

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Understanding and forecasting the health of an online community is of great value to its owners and managers who have vested interests in its longevity and success. Nevertheless, the association between community evolution and the behavioural patterns and trends of its members is not clearly understood, which hinders our ability of making accurate predictions of whether a community is flourishing or diminishing. In this paper we use statistical analysis, combined with a semantic model and rules for representing and computing behaviour in online communities. We apply this model on a number of forum communities from to categorise behaviour of community members over time, and report on how different behaviour compositions correlate with positive and negative community growth in these forums.

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