Faculté des sciences

Empirical analysis of web-based user-object bipartite networks

Shang, Ming-Sheng ; Lü, Linyuan ; Zhang, Yi-Cheng ; Zhou, Tao

In: Europhysics Letters, 2010, vol. 90, no. 4, p. 48006

Understanding the structure and evolution of web-based user-object networks is a significant task since they play a crucial role in e-commerce nowadays. This letter reports the empirical analysis on two large-scale web sites, audioscrobbler.com (http://audioscrobbler.com/) and del.icio.us (http://del.icio.us/), where users are connected with music groups and bookmarks, respectively. The degree... Plus

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    Summary
    Understanding the structure and evolution of web-based user-object networks is a significant task since they play a crucial role in e-commerce nowadays. This letter reports the empirical analysis on two large-scale web sites, audioscrobbler.com (http://audioscrobbler.com/) and del.icio.us (http://del.icio.us/), where users are connected with music groups and bookmarks, respectively. The degree distributions and degree-degree correlations for both users and objects are reported. We propose a new index, named collaborative similarity, to quantify the diversity of tastes based on the collaborative selection. Accordingly, the correlation between degree and selection diversity is investigated. We report some novel phenomena well characterizing the selection mechanism of web users and outline the relevance of these phenomena to the information recommendation problem