#Deep Learning #Networks

How to Organize your Deep Reinforcement Learning Agents: The Importance of Communication Topology

Authors: Dhaval Adjodah, Dan Calacci, Abhimanyu Dubey, Peter Krafft, Esteban Moro, Alex `Sandy’ Pentland Journal: Preprint (2018). arXiv Abstract: In this empirical paper, we investigate how learning agents can be arranged in more efficient communication topologies for improved learning. This is an important problem because a common technique to improve speed and robustness of learning in deep reinforcement learning and many other machine learning algorithms is to run multiple learning agents in parallel. ...

#Cryptocurrency #Collective Learning #Bitcoin

ScamCoins, S*** Posters, and the Search for the Next Bitcoin(TM): Collective Sensemaking in Cryptocurrency Discussions

Authors: Eaman Jahani, Peter M. Krafft, Yoshihiko Suhara, Esteban Moro, Alex “Sandy” Pentland Journal: Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 2, CSCW, Article 79 (November 2018), 28 pages. LINK Abstract: Participants in cryptocurrency markets are in constant communication with each other about the latest coins and news releases. Do these conversations build hype through the contagiousness of excitement, help the community process information, or play some other role? Using a novel dataset from a major cryptocurrency forum, we conduct an exploratory study of the characteristics of online discussion around cryptocurrencies. ...

#Big Data #Data Science #Gender Gap #Social Media

Analyzing gender inequality through large-scale Facebook advertising data

Authors: David Garcia, Yonas Mitike Kassa, Angel Cuevas, Manuel Cebrian, Esteban Moro, Iyad Rahwan, and Ruben Cuevas Journal: PNAS June 19, 2018. 201717781. LINK Abstract: Online social media are information resources that can have a transformative power in society. While the Web was envisioned as an equalizing force that allows everyone to access information, the digital divide prevents large amounts of people from being present online. Online social media, in particular, are prone to gen- der inequality, an important issue given the link between social media use and employment. ...

#Social Media #Sentiment #Weather

Weather impacts expressed sentiment

Authors: Patrick Baylis, Nick Obradovich, Yury Kryvasheyeu, Haohui Chen, Lorenzo Coviello, Esteban Moro, Manuel Cebrian, James H. Fowler Journal: PLoS ONE 13(4): e0195750 (2018) LINK Abstract: We conduct the largest ever investigation into the relationship between meteorological con- ditions and the sentiment of human expressions. To do this, we employ over three and a half billion social media posts from tens of millions of individuals from both Facebook and Twitter between 2009 and 2016. ...

#Memes #Deep Learning #Image processing

MemeSequencer: Sparse Matching for Embedding Image Macros

Authors: Abhimanyu Dubey, Esteban Moro, Manuel Cebrian, Iyad Rahwan Journal: WWW’18 Proceedings of the Web Conference 2018 LINK Abstract: The analysis of the creation, mutation, and propagation of social media content on the Internet is an essential problem in computational social science, affecting areas ranging from marketing to political mobilization. A first step towards understanding the evolution of images online is the analysis of rapidly modifying and propagating memetic imagery or ‘memes’. ...

#Temporal Networks #Social Networks #Mobile Phone Data

Temporal patterns behind the strength of persistent ties

Authors: Henry Navarro, Giovanna Miritello, Arturo Canales, Esteban Moro Journal: EPJ Data Science (2017) 6:31 LINK Abstract: Social networks are made out of strong and weak ties having very different structural and dynamical properties. But what features of human interaction build a strong tie? Here we approach this question from a practical way by finding what are the properties of social interactions that make ties more persistent and thus stronger to maintain social interactions in the future. ...