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Social Media?

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Properties of Social Media : Scale Twitter (Chirp 2010) – More than 100M user accounts – more than 600M search queries a day – 55M tweets a day Facebook – More than 400M active users – More than 25 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month.

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Properties of Social Media: Immediacy Need to share breaking news Search : Content vs. Peer recommendation

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Properties of Social Media: Duplication Duplication of content – Blogs: Copy-Paste – Twitter: “Re-tweet” – Groups: Cross-posting – Email: Signature lines, Inline Replies

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Properties of Social Media: Semi-structuredness Informal but structured – Informal != low quality (eg. Wikipedia) Structure – Metadata – Connectivity

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Suggested Reading “Towards a PeopleWeb”, Raghu Ramakrishnan & Andrew Tomkins, IEEE Computer, Aug 2007 “Important properties of users and objects will move from being tied to individual Web sites to being globally available. The conjunction of a global object model with portable user context will lead to a richer content structure and introduce significant shifts in online communities and information discovery.”

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Properties of Social Media Scale Immediacy Heterogeneity Duplication Semi-structuredness

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Properties of Social Media Graphs Small-world property – Six-degrees of separation – Facebook : 5.73 (Bunyan, 2009) – MS Messenger: ~7 (Leskovec & Horvitz, 2007) Mathematically – Low Average Path length – High Clustering coefficient

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Network Evolution and Path Size

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Properties of Social Media Graphs Power law degree distribution (asymptotically) Property of most real world networks Existence of “hubs” Scale free networks

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Probabilistic Modeling of Networks Erdos-Renyi Model – Choose a pair of nodes uniformly at random and add an edge. – G(n, p) – Not Scale Free (small avg. Path but low clustering coefficient) – Scale Free networks don’t evolve by chance

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Probabilistic Modeling of Networks Preferential Attachment (Barabasi and Albert, 99) – Rich become richer – Stochastic process: Using Polya’s urn

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Why model? Study network evolution, degeneration – Develop algorithms Detect communities Who are the movers and shakers? Detect diffusion of ideas across networks Detect anomalies

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Crawling Social Networks HTML (Slashdot) RSS/Atom feeds (blogs) API driven (Twitter, Facebook, …) – Data liberation

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Twitter twitter = new TwitterFactory().getInstance(twitterID,twitterPassword); List statuses = twitter.getFriendsTimeline(); System.out.println("Showing friends timeline."); for (Status status : statuses) { System.out.println(status.getUser().getName() + ":" + status.getText()); } http://twitter4j.org

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Storage and Indexing Graph stores can be more efficiently designed traditional RDBMS or flat files (document IR) A family of “triple stores” or graph databases (#NoSQL movement) – Neo4J – CouchDB – Hypertable – …

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Data is becoming more and more connected (Eifrem, OSCON 2009)

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Social Media Graphs (Eifrem, OSCON 2009)

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Social Media Graphs : Representation Nodes Relationship between nodes Properties on Both Storing in Flat Files vs. Graph Databases Neo4J, disk based solution – works well for sizes up to a few billion (Single JVM)

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Processing Large Scale Graph Data Better representation Parallel computation – MapReduce – BSP

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Parallelism via Map-Reduce A paradigm to view input as (key, value) pairs and algorithms process these pairs in one of two stages – Map: Perform operations on individual pairs – Reduce: Combine all pairs with the same key – Functional programming origins – Abstracts away system specific issues – Manipulate large quantities of data

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Parallelism via Map-Reduce Input is a sequence of key value pairs (records) Processing of any record is independent of the others Need to recast algorithms and sometimes data to fit to this model – Think of structured data (Graphs!)

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Input: Collection of documents Output: For each word find all documents with the word def mapper(filename, content): foreach word in content.split(): output(word, filename) def reducer(key, values): output(key, unique(values)) Example: Building inverted indexes

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Map-Reducing graph data Note: By design the mappers cannot communicate with each other. The graph representation should be such that that all information (e.g. neighborhood) needed for processing a node should be locally available. The adjacency list representation is perfectly suited. Key: vertex in the graph Value: neighbors of the vertex and their associated values

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Computing PageRank (MapReduce) PageRank update with dampening parameter α where P is the transition probability matrix. One map-reduce per iteration

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MapReduce: PageRank Iteration Map(Key k, Value v) { r_old = k.rank; r = 0; foreach node n in v.getNeighbors() { r += p(n, k)*r_old + dampening_factor } v.rank = r; Emit(k, v); }

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Processing Large Scale Graph Data MapReduce is not the best model for large scale graph processing – Simple graph concepts (Pagerank, BFS, …) are not easy to program – MapReduce does not preserve data locality in consecutive operations

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A New Paradigm to Process Large Scale Graph Data Bulk Synchronous Parallel Developed in the 80s by Leslie Valiant Introduced by Google for Graph computation “Pregel: a system for large-scale graph processing” (Malewicz et al, PODC 2009)

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Bulk Synchronous Parallel Sequence of steps – “SuperSteps” Each SuperStep S – Execute a user defined Compute() function on every vertex in parallel – Input to Compute(): All messages from SuperStep S – 1 – Output of Compute(): Messages to other vertices 1B vertices 80B Edges 2000 Workers Bellman-Ford: 200s (Malewicz et al, PODC 2009)

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Why “SuperStep”? Internally consists of three stages

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Computing PageRank (BSP version) Compute() { r_old = r; r = 0; for each incoming message m { r += m.p* r_old + dampening_factor; } if(r – r_old < epsilon) done() }

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Suggested Reading “Truly, Madly, Deeply Parallel”, Robert Matthews, New Scientist, Feb 1996 “Pregel: a system for large-scale graph processing” (Malewicz et al, PODC 2009)

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Social Network Analysis Retrieving information from structure Example: Community Discovery Many practical applications One approach: “Edge Betweenness” – betweenness(e) = # triangles(e)/max(e) – iteratively prune edges with low betweenness

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Book Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World By David Easley and Jon Kleinberg http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/kleinber/networks-book/

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Recap … Properties of social media – Scale – Immediacy – Heterogeneity – Duplication – Semi-structuredness Properties of social media graphs – Small-worldness – Scale free property – Evolution models Crawling – API driven Indexing & Retrieval – Graph databases Processing large scale social networks – MapReduce – Bulk Synchronous Parallel IR from structure – Social Network Analysis

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