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Precocious identification of popular topics on Twitter with the employment of predictive clustering

Neural Computing and Applications. 2017. Vol. 28. No. 11. P. 3317-3322.
Gromov V., Konev A. S.

The present paper outlines a novel approach to predict popularity of topics for social network Twitter; the method is designed to identify precociously the topics able to demonstrate “explosive” growth in popularity. First of all, the predictive clustering method ascertains real (not written in hash-tags!) topics of tweets and then predicts popularity rates for the topics. The same clustering algorithm is employed both to ascertain the real topic of a message and to cluster segments of time series (in order to predict topics popularity), namely, maximum likelihood adaptive neural system based upon modelling field theory. In the course of wide-ranging simulation, typical variants of “pre-explosive” dynamics were revealed; some of them were turned out to be equal to heuristic techniques to predict topics popularity well known for PR community collaborating with the network (“crab,” “Pesavento’s butterfly,” etc.).