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Uncovering the popularity mechanisms for Facebook applications

  • Li, Sheng-Nan Research Center of Complex Systems Science, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China
  • Guo, Qiang Research Center of Complex Systems Science, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China
  • Yang, Kai Research Center of Complex Systems Science, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China
  • Liu, Jian-Guo Data Science and Cloud Service Research Centre, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China
  • Zhang, Yi-Cheng Department of Physics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
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    15.03.2018
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  • Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications. - 2018, vol. 494, p. 422–429
English Understanding the popularity dynamics of online application(App) is significant for the online social systems. In this paper, by dividing the Facebook Apps into different groups in terms of their popularities, we empirically investigate the popularity dynamics for different kinds of Facebook Apps. Then, taking into account the influence of cumulative and recent popularities on the user choice, we present a model to regenerate the growth of popularity for different App groups. The experimental results of 917 Facebook Apps show that as the popularities of Facebook Apps increase, the recent popularity plays more important role. Specifically, the recent popularity plays more important role in regenerating the popularity dynamics for more popular Apps, and the cumulative popularity plays more important role for unpopular Apps. We also conduct temporal analysis on the growth characteristic of individual App by comparing the increment at each time with the average of historical records. The results show that the growth of more popular App tends to fluctuate more greatly. Our work may shed some lights for deeply understanding the popularity mechanism for online applications.
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Faculté des sciences et de médecine
Department
Département de Physique
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  • English
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Physics
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