Category: Publications

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Performance of Social Network Sensors During Hurricane Sandy

Yury Kryvasheyeu, Haohui Chen, Esteban Moro, Pascal Van Hentenryck, Manuel Cebrian PLoS ONE 10(2): e0117288 (2015) [link] Abstract Information flow during catastrophic events is a critical aspect of disaster management. Modern communication platforms, in particular online social networks, provide an opportunity to study such flow, and a mean to derive early-warning sensors, improving emergency preparedness and response. Performance of the...

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Time allocation in social networks: correlation between social structure and human communication dynamics

Giovanna Miritello, Rubén Lara, and Esteban Moro Chapter in the book “Temporal Networks”, Springer, 2013. Series: Understanding Complex Systems. Holme, Petter; Saramaki, Jari (Eds.) [pdf] Abstract Recent research has shown the deep impact of the dynamics of human interactions (or temporal social networks) on the spreading of information, opinion formation, etc. In general, the bursty nature of human interactions lowers the...

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The predictability of consumer visitation patterns

Coco Krumme, Alejandro Llorente, Manuel Cebrian, Alex (“Sandy”) Pentland & Esteban Moro, Sci. Rep. 3, 1645; DOI:10.1038/srep01645 (2013). [link] Abstract We consider hundreds of thousands of individual economic transactions to ask: how predictable are consumers in their merchant visitation patterns? Our results suggest that, in the long-run, much of our seemingly elective activity is actually highly predictable. Notwithstanding a wide range...

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Limited communication capacity unveils strategies for human interaction

Giovanna Miritello, Rubén Lara, Manuel Cebrián and Esteban Moro Scientific Reports 3, 1950 (2013) [link] Abstract Social connectivity is the key process that characterizes the structural properties of social networks and in turn processes such as navigation, influence or information diffusion. Since time, attention and cognition are inelastic resources, humans should have a predefined strategy to manage their social interactions over...

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Limits of social mobilization

Alex Rutherford, Manuel Cebrian, Sohan Dsouza, Esteban Moro, Alex Pentland, and Iyad Rahwan, PNAS 110 (16), 6281-6286 (2013) [link] Abstract The Internet and social media have enabled the mobilization of large crowds to achieve time-critical feats, ranging from mapping crises in real time, to organizing mass rallies, to conducting search-and-rescue operations over large geographies. Despite significant success, selection bias may...