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Graphical Evolutionary Game for Information Diffusion Over Social Networks

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3 Author(s)
Chunxiao Jiang ; Dept. of Electron. Eng., Tsinghua Univ., Beijing, China ; Yan Chen ; K. J. Ray Liu

Social networks have become ubiquitous in our daily life, as such they have attracted great research interests recently. A key challenge is that it is of extremely large-scale with tremendous information flow, creating the phenomenon of “Big Data.” Under such a circumstance, understanding information diffusion over social networks has become an important research issue. Most of the existing works on information diffusion analysis are based on either network structure modeling or empirical approach with dataset mining. However, the information diffusion is also heavily influenced by network users' decisions, actions and their socio-economic connections, which is generally ignored in existing works. In this paper, we propose an evolutionary game theoretic framework to model the dynamic information diffusion process in social networks. Specifically, we analyze the framework in uniform degree and non-uniform degree networks and derive the closed-form expressions of the evolutionary stable network states. Moreover, the information diffusion over two special networks, Erdös-Rényi random network and the Barabási-Albert scale-free network, are also highlighted. To verify our theoretical analysis, we conduct experiments by using both synthetic networks and real-world Facebook network, as well as real-world information spreading dataset of Memetracker. Experiments shows that the proposed game theoretic framework is effective and practical in modeling the social network users' information forwarding behaviors.

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IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 4 )