Characterizing the Propagation of Situational Information in Social Media During COVID-19 Epidemic : A Case Study on Weibo

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Author(s)

  • Lifang Li
  • Qingpeng Zhang
  • Xiao Wang
  • Jun Zhang
  • Tao Wang
  • And 4 others
  • Tian-Lu Gao
  • Wei Duan
  • Kelvin Kam-fai Tsoi
  • Fei-Yue Wang

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556 - 562
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems
Volume7
Issue number2
Online published20 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

Abstract

During the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), people use social media to acquire and exchange various types of information at a historic and unprecedented scale. Only the situational information are valuable for the public and authorities to response to the epidemic. Therefore, it is important to identify such situational information and to understand how it is being propagated on social media, so that appropriate information publishing strategies can be informed for the COVID-19 epidemic. This article sought to fill this gap by harnessing Weibo data and natural language processing techniques to classify the COVID-19-related information into seven types of situational information. We found specific features in predicting the reposted amount of each type of information. The results provide data-driven insights into the information need and public attention.

Research Area(s)

  • COVID-19, crisis information sharing, infectious disease, information propagation, social media, social network analysis

Citation Format(s)

Characterizing the Propagation of Situational Information in Social Media During COVID-19 Epidemic: A Case Study on Weibo. / Li, Lifang; Zhang, Qingpeng; Wang, Xiao et al.
In: IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, Vol. 7, No. 2, 04.2020, p. 556 - 562.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review