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Wednesday, July 29 • 13:31 - 15:00
! "A Spatiotemporal Model of Twitter Information Diffusion: An Example of Egyptian Revolution 2011"

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Authors: K. Hazel Kwon, Haiyan Wang, Weiai Wayne Xu and Ross Raymond

Recent social movements demonstrate an important role of social media information diffusion in promoting social changes. Transnational information diffusion may be influenced by spatial proximity between the origin nation and other parts of the world. Proximity implies more than just physical distance. This paper develops a mathematical spatiotemporal diffusion model based on partial differential equations, called “diffusion-advection” model. The model is applied to four sets of global spatial arrangements, respectively based on geographical, ideological, economic and diaspora perspective on proximity. Twitter data on Egyptian Revolution 2011 is used for the model validation. The developed model shows an acceptable accuracy rate. Among the different definition of proximity, ideology-based arrangement (i.e., democracy) explained most effectively the spatial diffusion process over the course of the revolution, showing that different types of messages are diffused at a different pace.

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K. Hazel Kwon

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, United States of America

Weiai Xu

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
I am a PhD candidate in the field of Communication and Technology.

Wednesday July 29, 2015 13:31 - 15:00
(9th Floor) TRS 3-176 (Ted Rogers School of Management) 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

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