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Investigation into the Regular and Chaotic States of Twitter

Discontinuity, Nonlinearity, and Complexity. 2018. Vol. 7. No. 4. P. 403-411.
Дмитриев В. А., Dmitriev A.

The present paper is devoted to the investigation into the nonlinear dynamics of Twitter. A new model of Twitter as a thermodynamic non-equilibrium system is suggested. Dynamic variables of such system are represented by the variations of tweet/retweet number and instantaneous diversity between the densities of population on different levels around the equilibrium values. Regular and chaotic states of networks are described. It is pointed out, that the system is in a condition of an asymptotically stable equilibrium when the intensity values of an external information are small (the number of tweets eventually tends to its equilibrium value). If the intensity values of external information exceed the critical value, then the chaotic oscillations of tweets are to be observed. We have made the calculations of the correlation dimension and embedding dimension for the dynamics of the 10 most popular @ (TOP 100 by data of Twitter Counter). The results show, that all observed time series have clearly defined chaotic dynamical nature.