Author: Meng, Zinong
Title: A hybrid algorithm to recommend peers on Twitter
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2013
Subject: Online social networks.
Internet -- Social aspects.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Department of Computing
Pages: ix, 47 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
Abstract: Nowadays, social media become the main platforms for people to share content, activities and mood, to consolidate connections among them, etc. As to the concept of connections, they refer to the ones which not only are offline-based but online-based. Maintaining connections becomes one of the most important things to the end user. Thus, the way to help end users find tailored peers that are worth to connect with turns out to be the most important thing for an online community to cultivate loyal users. This thesis is talking about a hybrid algorithm in the area of peer recommendation. Due to the big data issue on Twitter, we define a filtering strategy to reduce the number of candidates who might be recommended to the target user. We refine the content-based similarity and graph-based similarity algorithms proposed by other academics. We also define a user model and weighting formula to leverage these two algorithms. According the similarity degree between the candidates and the target user, we recommend top k most similar candidates to the target user as our focused peers. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of our proposed algorithms and other algorithms, we conduct a personalized survey and employ measurements like recall, precision and F1 metric. Based on the evaluation results, we conclude that our hybrid algorithm is better than the pure content-based similarity algorithm and pure graph-based similarity algorithm, which tells a truth that the more information a recommendation generator uses, the more customized and accurate the recommendations will be.
Rights: All rights reserved
Access: restricted access

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