Tracing Coordination and Cooperation Structures via Semantic Burst Detection

Lin, Yu-Ru and Margolin, Drew and Lazer, David (2014) Tracing Coordination and Cooperation Structures via Semantic Burst Detection. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Collaborative Computing, 1 (2). e7. ISSN 2312-8623

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Developing technologies that support collaboration requires understanding how knowledge and expertise are shared and distributed among community members. We explore two forms of knowledge distribution structures, coordination and cooperation, that are central to successful collaboration. We propose a novel method for detecting the coordination of strategic communication among members of political communities. Our method identifies a “rapid semantic convergence,” a sudden burst in the use linguistic constructions by multiple individuals within a short time, as a signature of coordination. We apply our method to the public statements of U.S. Senators in the 112th U.S. Congress and construct coordination and cooperation networks among these individuals. We then compare aspects of these networks to other known properties of the Senators. Results indicate that the detected networks reflect underlying tendencies in the social relationships among Senators and reveal interesting differences in how the different parties coordinate communication.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: semantic burst, semantic convergence, burst detection, coordination, cooperation, social networks, public statement, political network, strategic communications
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Depositing User: EAI Editor IV
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2021 11:53
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2021 11:53

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