Extracting real social interactions from social media: a debate of COVID-19 policies in Mexico

Alberto García-Rodríguez, Tzipe Govezensky, Carlos Gershenson, Gerardo G. Naumis, Rafael A. Barrio
A study of the dynamical formation of networks of friends and enemies in social media, in this case Twitter, is presented. We characterise the single node properties of such networks, as the clustering coefficient and the degree, to investigate the structure of links. The results indicate that the network is made from three kinds of nodes: one with high clustering coefficient but very small degree, a second group has zero clustering coefficient with variable degree, and finally, a third group in which the clustering coefficient as a function of the degree decays as a power law. This third group represents ∼2% of the nodes and is characteristic of dynamical networks with feedback. This part of the lattice seemingly represents strongly interacting friends in a real social network.

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