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Social Media for Large Studies of Behavior

Over 1 billion people use social media every day. When researcher want to utilize these data to study human behavior on global scale several issues arise. Do people on online platforms represent society? Do people behave online like they do offline? Do our scientific methods fit social media data? These challenges are discussed in a new article authored by Derek Ruths from McGill Universtiy and me. The article is published in Science.

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Studying Social Networks

Studying Social Networks:
A Guide to Empirical Research

Studying Social Networks provides a concise, comprehensive introduction to the process of empirical network research. Students and practitioners new to social research will find easily understandable learning goals, numerous examples, and helpful exercises all in one compact volume. The authors have integrated different disciplinary perspectives, while stressing the importance of substance-specific orientation while studying networks. Scholars will find Studying Social Networks a helpful tool not only for teaching, but also as a guide for their own empirical research.

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Refereed Journals and Conference Proceedings


West, Robert & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2017). Armed Conflicts in Online News: A Multilingual Study. International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2017), Montreal, Canada, May 15-18 [Acceptance Rate:14%].

Günnemann, Nikou & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2017). Cost Matters: A New Example-Dependent Cost-Sensitive Logistic Regression Model. Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD), Jeju, South Korea, May 23-26 [Acceptance Rate:28%].

Wagner, Claudia & Singer, Philipp & Karimi, Fariba & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Strohmaier, Markus (2017). Sampling from social networks with attributes. 2017 World Wide Web conference (WWW), Perth, Australia, April 3-7 [Acceptance Rate:17%].

Lamba, Hemank & Glazier, Thomas & Schmerl, Bradley & Moreno, Javier Cmara & Garlan, David & Pfeffer, Juergen (2017). Model-based cluster analysis for identifying suspicious activity sequences in software. 3rd International Workshop on Security and Privacy Analytics (IWSPA), March 24, Scottsdale, AZ.

Woods, Kristina & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Dutta, Arpana & Klein-Seetharaman, Judith (2016). Vibrational resonance, allostery, and activation in rhodopsin-like G protein-coupled receptors. Nature Scientific Reports [Impact Factor: 5.228]. » Paper

Ferreira, Gabriel & Malik, Momin M. & Kästner, Christian & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Apel, Sven (2016). Do #ifdefs Influence the Occurrence of Vulnerabilities? An Empirical Study of the Linux Kernel. SPLC - International Systems and Software Product Line Conference, September 19-23, Bejing, China.

Malik, Momin M. & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2016). Identifying Platform Effects in Social Media Data. International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2016), Cologne, Germany, May 17-20 [Acceptance Rate:17%].

Malik, Momin M. & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2016). A macroscopic analysis of news content in Twitter. Digital Journalism, 10.1080/21670811.2015.1133249. » Paper

Carley, Kathleen M. & Malik, Momin M. & Landwehr, Peter M. & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Kowalchuck, Michael (2016). Crowd sourcing disaster management: The complex nature of Twitter usage in Padang Indonesia. Safety Science, doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2016.04.002 [Impact Factor: 2.157]. » Paper

Woods, Kristina N. & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2015). Using THz spectroscopy, evolutionary network analysis methods, and MD simulation to map the evolution of allosteric communication pathways in c-type lysozymes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 33, 40-61, DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msv178 [Impact Factor: 13.649]. » Paper

Morstatter, Fred & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Mayer, Katja & Liu, Huan (2015). Text, Topics, and Turkers: A Consensus Measure for Statistical Topics. Hypertext 2015, the 26th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, September 1-4, Northern Cyprus, Turkey. » Paper

Lamba, Hemank & Malik, Momin M. & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2015). A Tempest in a Teacup? Analyzing Firestorms on Twitter. IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD, Paris, France, August 25-28 [Acceptance Rate: 18%]. » Paper

Günnemann, Nikou & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2015). Finding Non-Redundant Multi-Word Events on Twitter. IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), Paris, France, August 25-28.

Malik, Momin M. & Lamba, Hemank & Nakos, Constantine & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2015). Population bias in geotagged tweets. ICWSM Workshop on Standards and Practices in Large-Scale Social Media Research, May 26, 2015, Oxford, UK. » Paper

Lee, Ju-Sung & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2015). Robustness of Network Centrality Metrics in the Context of Digital Communication Data. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), January 5-8, Hawaii, USA. » Paper

Lee, Ju-Sung & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2015). Estimating Centrality Statistics for Complete and Sampled Networks: Some Approaches and Complications. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), January 5-8, Hawaii, USA. » Paper

Ruths, Derek & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2014). Social Media for Large Studies of Behavior. Science Vol 346, Issue 6213, 1063-1064 [Impact Factor: 34.661]. » Paper

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Hollstein, Betina & Skvoretz, John (2014). The Sunbelt 2013 Data: Mapping the Field of Social Network Analysis. Connections, Vol. 34, 59-62. » Paper

Castillo, Carlos & El-Haddad, Mohammed & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Stempeck, Mat (2014). Characterizing the Life Cycle of Online News Stories Using Social Media Reactions. 17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2014), February 15-19, Baltimore, Maryland. » Paper

Morstatter, Fred & Lubold, Nichola & Pon-Barry, Heather & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Liu, Huan (2014). Finding Eyewitness Tweets During Crises. ACL Workshop on Language Technology and Computational Social Science, June 26, Baltimore, MD.

Dwivedi, Vishal & Garlan, David & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Schmerl, Bradley (2014). Model-based Assistance for Making Time/Fidelity Trade-offs in Component Compositions. ITNG 2014 (11th International Conference on Information Technology - New Generations), April 7-9, Las Vegas, NV.

Carley, Kathleen M. & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Liu, Huan & Morstatter, Fred (2014). Embassies Burning: Toward a Near Real Time Assessment of Social Media Using Geo-Temporal Dynamic Network Analytics. Social Network Analysis and Mining 4(1), 1-23, DOI: 10.1007/s13278-014-0195-3.

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Zorbach, Thomas & Carley, Kathleen M. (2014). Understanding online firestorms: Negative word of mouth dynamics in social media networks. Journal of Marketing Communications, Volume 20, Issue 1-2, 117-128, DOI:10.1080/13527266.2013.797778.

Joseph, Kenneth & Carley, Kathleen M. & Filonuk, Dave & Morgan, Geoffrey & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2014). Arab Spring: From News Data to Forecasting. Social Network Analysis and Mining, 4(1), DOI: 10.1007/s13278-014-0177-5.

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Carley, Kathleen M. (2013). The Importance of Local Clusters for the Diffusion of Opinions and Beliefs in Interpersonal Communication Networks. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management 10 (5), DOI: 10.1142/S0219877013400221.

Morstatter, Fred & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Liu, Huan & Carley, Kathleen M. (2013). Is the Sample Good Enough? Comparing Data from Twitter's Streaming API with Twitter's Firehose. International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM), 400-408, Boston, MA.

Windhager, Florian & Smuc, Michael & Zenk, Lukas & Federico, Paolo & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Aigner, Wolfgang & Miksch, Silvia (2013). Visual Knowledge Communication Analytics at a University Department. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 100, 127-143, Proceedings of ASNA 2011.

Carley, Kathleen M. & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Liu, Huan & Morstatter, Fred & Goolsby, Rebecca (2013). Near Real Time Assessment of Social Media Using Geo-Temporal Network Analytics. Proceedings of IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), Niagara Falls, August 25-28.

Pfeffer, Jürgen (2013). Fundamentals of Visualizing Communication Networks. IEEE China Communications 10 (3), 82-90.

Martin, Michael K. & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Carley, Kathleen M. (2013). Network Text Analysis of Conceptual Overlap in Interviews, Newspaper Articles and Keywords. Social Network Analysis and Mining, DOI: 10.1007/s13278-013-0129-5, 1-13.

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Carley, Kathleen M. (2012). Rapid Modeling and Analyzing Networks Extracted from Pre-Structured News Articles. Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, DOI: 10.1007/s10588-012-9122-1, 18 (3), 280-299.

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Carley, Kathleen M. (2012). k-Centralities: Local Approximations of Global Measures Based on Shortest Paths. Proceedings of the WWW Conference 2012, 1st International Workshop on Large Scale Network Analysis (LSNA 2012), 1043-1050. Lyon, France.

Federico, Paolo & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Aigner, Wolfgang & Miksch, Silvia & Zenk, Lukas (2012). Visual Analysis of Dynamic Networks using Change Centrality. Proceedings of IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), Istanbul, Turkey.

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Carley, Kathleen M. (2011). Modeling and Calibrating Real World Interpersonal Networks. Proceedings of the IEEE NSW 2011, 1st International Workshop on Network Science, 9-16. West Point, New York. » BibTeX

Kayali, Fares & Götzenbrucker, Gerit & Schwarz, Vera & Purgathofer, Peter & Franz, Barbara & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2011). Serious Beats: Transdisciplinary Research Methodologies for Designing and Evaluating a Socially Integrative Serious Music-Based Online Game. Proceedings of the 2011 DiGRA Conference, Uthrecht, The Netherlands. » BibTeX

Refereed Short Papers in Conference Proceedings


Malik, Momin M. & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2016). Social media data and computational models of mobility: A review for demography. ICWSM-Workshop on Social Media and Demographic Research, May 17-20, Cologne, Germany. » Paper

Lamba, Hemank & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2016). Maximizing the Spread of Positive Influence by Deadline. International World Wide Web Conference (Poster Paper), April 11-15, Montreal, Canada.

Ferreira, Gabriel & Kästner, Christian & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Apel, Sven (2015). Characterizing Configuration Complexity in Highly-Configurable Systems with Variational Call Graphs (short paper). HotSoS 2015: 2015 Symposium and Bootcamp on the Science of Security, April 21-22, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Lamba, Hemank & Glazier, Thomas J. & Schmerl, Bradley & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Garlan, David (2015). Detecting Insider Threats in Software Systems using Graph Models of Behavioral Paths (short paper). HotSoS 2015: 2015 Symposium and Bootcamp on the Science of Security, April 21-22, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Morstatter, Fred & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Liu, Huan (2014). When is it Biased? Assessing the Representativeness of Twitter's Streaming API. International World Wide Web Conference (WWW) 2014, Web Science Track (Poster Paper), April 7-11, Seoul, Korea.

Kästner, Christian & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2014). Limiting Recertification in Highly Configurable Systems. Analyzing Interactions and Isolation among Configuration Options (short paper). HotSoS 2014: 2014 Symposium and Bootcamp on the Science of Security, April 8-9, Raleigh, NC.

Non-Refereed Proceedings


Pfeffer, Jürgen & Woods, Kristina N. (2014). Allosteric Pathway Formation in Globin Proteins Explored With Network Analysis. Proceedings of Nanotech 2014: Advanced Materials and Applications, June 15-18, Washington, DC.

Schwarz, Vera & Franz, Barbara & Götzenbrucker, Gerit & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Kayali, Fares (2012). Intersections of Identities in Europe's Turkish Immigration Youth: Questions of Ethnicity, Gender, Class and the New Media. Proceedings of the 22nd IPSA World Congress, Madrid, Spain.

Franz, Barbara & Schwarz, Vera & Götzenbrucker, Gerit & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2012). New Media, Hip Hop, and Young Migrants: Social Capital, Entertainment and Political Articulation of Minority Groups. ISA Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Franz, Barbara & Götzenbrucker, Gerit & Kayali, Fares & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Schwarz, Vera & Purgathofer, Peter (2012). Young, Female and Turkish in Europe Today: Questions of Ethnicity, Gender, Class and the New Media. Gender, Bodies & Technology: (Dis)Integrating Frames, Roanoke, Virginia.

Hollstein, Betina & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2009). Network Cards as Tools for Collecting Egocentric Networks (in German: Netzwerkkarten als Instrument zur Erhebung egozentrierter Netzwerke). Proceedings of the 34th Congress of the German Sociological Association), Jena, Frankfurt/M.: Campus.

Technical Reports


Carley, Kathleen M. & Malik, Momin M. & Kowalchuk, Mike & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Landwehr, Peter (2015). Twitter Usage in Indonesia. Technical Report, CMU-ISR-15-109, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Institute for Software Research. » Paper

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Mrvar, Andrej & Batagelj, Vladimir (2013). txt2pajek: Creating Pajek Files from Text Files. Technical Report, CMU-ISR-13-110, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Institute for Software Research. » Paper

Carley, Kathleen M. & Reminga, Jeffrey & Storrick, Jon & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Columbus, Dave (2013). ORA User's Guide 2013. Technical Report, CMU-ISR-13-108, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Institute for Software Research.

Carley, Kathleen M. & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Reminga, Jeffrey & Storrick, Jon & Columbus, Dave (2012). ORA User's Guide 2012. Technical Report, CMU-ISR-12-105, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Institute for Software Research.

Wei, Wei & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Reminga, Jeffrey & Carley, Kathleen M. (2011). Handling Weighted, Asymmetric, Self Linked, and Disconnected Networks in ORA. Technical Report, CMU-ISR-11-113, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Institute for Software Research.

Straus, Florian & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Hollstein, Betina (2009). EgoNet.QF, Software for data collecting, processing, and analyzing ego-centric networks. University of Hamburg.

Books


Hennig, Marina & Brandes, Ulrik & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Mergel, Ines (2012). Studying Social Networks. A Guide to Empirical Research. Frankfurt/Chicago: Campus Verlag/University of Chicago Press.

Chapters in Edited Volumes


(2017). Simulating the Dynamics of Socio-Economic Systems. In: B. Hollstein, W. Matiaske, K.-U. Schnapp (Eds.) Networked Governance. Springer International Publishing, 143-161. » Paper

Pfeffer, Jürgen (2017). Visualization of Political Networks. In: J.N. Victor, A.H. Montgomery, M. Lubell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks. Oxford University Press. » Paper

Zorbach, Thomas & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2015). Social Media and the Change in Digital Discussion Culture. transcript, Bielefeld.

Böhler, Karoline & Hollstein, Betina & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2014). Network Analysis of Literary Texts (in German: Netzwerkanalyse literarischer Texte). In: B. Hollstein, F. Straus (Eds.), Qualitative Netzwerkanalyse: Konzepte, Methoden, Anwendungen (Qualitative Network Analysis: Concepts, Methods, Applications), 2nd Edition. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.

Götzenbrucker, Gerit & Schwarz, Vera & Purgathofer, Peter & Kayali, Fares & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Franz, Barbara (2014). Serious Beats: Internet use and friendship structures of young migrants in Vienna (in German: Serious Beats: Internetnutzung und Freundschaftsstrukturen von jungen MigrantInnen in Wien). Vienna. Guthmann- Peterson, 59-65.

Franz, Barbara & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2014). The Austrian Way: The Crucial Difference between Neo-Corporatism and Neoliberal Corruption. In: Corruption in the Contemporary World: Theory, Practice, and Hotspots. Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland.

Hollstein, Betina & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Behrmann, Laura (2013). Collecting Egocentric Networks Using Touchscreen Computers (in German: Touchscreen-gesteuerte Instrumente zur Erhebung egozentrierter Netzwerke). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.

Windhager, Florian & Smuc, Michael & Zenk, Lukas & Federico, Paolo & Pfeffer, Jürgen & Aigner, Wolfgang & Miksch, Silvia (2012). Visual Knowledge Networks Analytics. In: Jay Liebowitz (Ed.), Knowledge Management Handbook: Collaboration and Social Networking, Second Edition. CRC Press.

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Carley, Kathleen M. (2012). Social Networks, Social Media, Social Change. In: D. D. Schmorrow, D.M. Nicholson (eds), Advances in Design for Cross-Cultural Activities Part II. CRC Press, 273-282.

Carley, Kathleen M. & Morgan, Geoffrey & Lanham, Michael & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2012). Multi-Modeling and Socio-cultural complexity: Reuse and Validation. In: D. D. Schmorrow, D.M. Nicholson (eds), Advances in Design for Cross-Cultural Activities Part I. CRC Press, 265-274.

Carley, Kathleen M. & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2012). Dynamic Network Analysis (DNA) and ORA . In: D. D. Schmorrow, D.M. Nicholson (eds), Advances in Design for Cross-Cultural Activities Part II. CRC Press, 128-137.

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Neumann-Braun, Klaus & Wirz, Dominik (2011). Nest Warmth in Image Based Online Networks. In: J. Fuhse, C. Stegbauer (Eds.), Kultur und mediale Kommunikation in sozialen Netzwerken (Culture and Media Communication in Social Networks). Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, 125-148.

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Fleissner, Peter (2010). Modeling (in German: Modellbildung). Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, 485-494.

Pfeffer, Jürgen (2009). Multi-Agent Simulation of Social Phenomena: A Practical Introduction. In: soFid - Methoden und Instrumente der Sozialwissenschaften. Bonn: GESIS, 45-60.

Pfeffer, Jürgen (2008). Visualization of Social Networks (in German: Visualisierung sozialer Netzwerke). In: C. Stegbauer (Eds.), Netzwerkanalyse und Netzwerktheorie, Ein neues Paradigma in den Sozialwissenschaften (Network Analysis and Network Theory, A New Paradigma in Social Science). Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, 227-238.

Other Publications


Pfeffer, Jürgen (2016). Book review: "Understanding Large Temporal Networks and Spatial Networks" (V. Batagelj et al.). Social Networks, Vol. 46, pp. 103-105. » Paper

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Pfeffer, Jeffrey (2015). Another article that makes bibliometric analysis a bit harder. SIGBOVIK 2015, April 1st., Pittsburgh, PA. » Paper

Lamba, Hemank & Malik, Momin M. & Nakos, Constantine & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2015). Rich People Don't Have More Followers! Overcoming Social Inequality With Social Media. SBP 2015 Grand Data Challenge, March 31, 2015, Washington DC. » Paper

Pfeffer, Jürgen & Ruths, Derek (2014). Studying society via social media is not so simple. theconversation.com, December 1.

Pfeffer, Jürgen (2014). Book Review: McCulloh, I., Armstrong, H., & Johnson, A. Social Network Analysis with Applications, 2013. Connections, Vol 34, pp. 61-62.

Columbus, Dave & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2014). The Sonic Screwdriver - Opening Doors is not a Function. Whotopia, Issue 27, January 2014, 4-11.

Columbus, Dave & Pfeffer, Jürgen (2013). 50 Years of Team Tardis. Whotopia, Issue 25, April 2013, 34-36. » Paper