Rumor propagation with heterogeneous transmission in social networks

23 Dec 2016  ·  Vega-Oliveros Didier A., Costa Luciano da F., Rodrigues Francisco A. ·

Rumor models consider that information transmission occurs with the same probability between each pair of nodes. However, this assumption is not observed in social networks, which contain influential spreaders... To overcome this limitation, we assume that central individuals have a higher capacity of convincing their neighbors than peripheral subjects. By extensive numerical simulations we find that the spreading is improved in scale-free networks when the transmission probability is proportional to PageRank, degree, and betweenness centrality. In addition, the results suggest that the spreading can be controlled by adjusting the transmission probabilities of the most central nodes. Our results provide a conceptual framework for understanding the interplay between rumor propagation and heterogeneous transmission in social networks. read more

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