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Heterogenous scaling in the inter-event time of on-line bookmarking

Wang, Peng ; Xie, Xiao-Yi ; Yeung, Chi Ho ; Wang, Bing-Hong

In: Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2011, vol. 390, no. 12, p. 2395-2400

In this paper, we study the statistical properties of bookmarking behaviors in Delicious.com. We find that the inter-event time (τ) distributions of bookmarking decay in a power-like manner as τ increases at both individual and population levels. Remarkably, we observe a significant change in the exponent when the inter-event time increases from the intra-day range to the inter-day range. In... Plus

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    In this paper, we study the statistical properties of bookmarking behaviors in Delicious.com. We find that the inter-event time (τ) distributions of bookmarking decay in a power-like manner as τ increases at both individual and population levels. Remarkably, we observe a significant change in the exponent when the inter-event time increases from the intra-day range to the inter-day range. In addition, the dependence of the exponent on individual activity is found to be different in the two ranges. Instead of monotonically increasing with activity, the inter-day exponent peaks around 3. These results suggest that the mechanisms driving human actions are different in the intra-day and inter-day ranges. We further show that the global distributions of less active users are closer to an exponential distribution than those of more active users. Moreover, a universal behavior in the inter-day range is observed by considering the rescaled variable τ/left angle bracketτright-pointing angle bracket. Finally, the possible causes of these phenomena are discussed.