CitationSingh, P.; Sreenivasan, S.; Szymanski, B. K.; & Korniss, G. (2013). Threshold-limited spreading in social networks with multiple initiators. Sci. Rep.. vol. 3 , PMCID: PMC3728590
AbstractA classical model for social-influence-driven opinion change is the threshold model. Here we study cascades of opinion change driven by threshold model dynamics in the case where multiple initiators trigger the cascade, and where all nodes possess the same adoption threshold ϕ. Specifically, using empirical and stylized models of social networks, we study cascade size as a function of the initiator fraction p. We find that even for arbitrarily high value of ϕ, there exists a critical initiator fraction pc(ϕ) beyond which the cascade becomes global. Network structure, in particular clustering, plays a significant role in this scenario. Similarly to the case of single-node or single-clique initiators studied previously, we observe that community structure within the network facilitates opinion spread to a larger extent than a homogeneous random network. Finally, we study the efficacy of different initiator selection strategies on the size of the cascade and the cascade window.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleSci. Rep.
Szymanski, B. K.