Recent Advances in Social Media Mining and Analysis

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Applications".

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In today’s world, social media serves as an “integral vehicle” [1] and “online community” [2] for seeking and sharing information, news, views, opinions, perspectives, ideas, awareness, comments, and experiences on various topics, such as pandemics, global affairs, current technologies, recent events, politics, family, relationships, and career opportunities, to name a few [3]. Mining and analysis of the Big Data of social media conversations have been of significant interest to the scientific community in the fields of healthcare, epidemiology, big data, data science, computer science, and their related areas in the last fifteen years [4].

This Special Issue welcomes papers presenting novel discoveries, theoretical findings, practical solutions, use-cases, analytical findings, novel applications, and results based on studying, analyzing, and interpreting the Big Data from social media platforms including, but not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Sina Weibo, and SnapChat. Specific topics could include, but are not limited to, text mining, text classification, text clustering, text categorization, topic modeling, opinion mining, sentiment analysis, aspect-based sentiment analysis, spam detection, fake news tracking, misinformation detection, and the identification of conspiracy theories on social media platforms.

Authors are invited to contribute their original and unpublished works. Both research and review papers are welcome. Research papers presenting preliminary and proof-of-concept results are also welcome. Authors may also submit extended versions of their conference papers. However, authors of such papers should make significant improvements/extensions to their conference papers, and the details of these improvements/extensions should be clearly outlined in the cover letter accompanying the paper submission.

References

  1. Katz, M.; Nandi, N. Social Media and Medical Education in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Scoping Review. JMIR Med. Educ. 2021, 7, e25892
  2. Lee, H.E.; Cho, J. Social Media Use and Well-Being in People with Physical Disabilities: Influence of SNS and Online Community Uses on Social Support, Depression, and Psychological Disposition. Health Commun. 2019, 34, 1043–1052
  3. Kavada, A. Social Media as Conversation: A Manifesto. Media Soc. 2015, 1, 205630511558079
  4. Bhalerao, A.A.; Naiknaware, B.R.; Manza, R.R.; Bagal, V.; Bawiskar, S.K. Social Media Mining Using Machine Learning Techniques as a Survey. In Advances in Computer Science Research; Atlantis Press International BV: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2023; pp. 874–889. ISBN 9789464631357.

Dr. Nirmalya Thakur
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • social media
  • big data
  • data mining
  • data analytics
  • data science
  • machine learning
  • artificial intelligence

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Social Media Mining and Analysis: A Brief Review of Recent Challenges
by Nirmalya Thakur
Information 2023, 14(9), 484; https://doi.org/10.3390/info14090484 - 31 Aug 2023
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Social media platforms are a type of web-based applications that are built on the conceptual and technical underpinnings of Web 2 [...] Full article
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Mapping the Landscape of Misinformation Detection: A Bibliometric Approach
by Andra Sandu, Ioana Ioanăș, Camelia Delcea, Laura-Mădălina Geantă and Liviu-Adrian Cotfas
Information 2024, 15(1), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/info15010060 - 19 Jan 2024
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The proliferation of misinformation presents a significant challenge in today’s information landscape, impacting various aspects of society. While misinformation is often confused with terms like disinformation and fake news, it is crucial to distinguish that misinformation involves, in mostcases, inaccurate information without the [...] Read more.
The proliferation of misinformation presents a significant challenge in today’s information landscape, impacting various aspects of society. While misinformation is often confused with terms like disinformation and fake news, it is crucial to distinguish that misinformation involves, in mostcases, inaccurate information without the intent to cause harm. In some instances, individuals unwittingly share misinformation, driven by a desire to assist others without thorough research. However, there are also situations where misinformation involves negligence, or even intentional manipulation, with the aim of shaping the opinions and decisions of the target audience. Another key factor contributing to misinformation is its alignment with individual beliefs and emotions. This alignment magnifies the impact and influence of misinformation, as people tend to seek information that reinforces their existing beliefs. As a starting point, some 56 papers containing ‘misinformation detection’ in the title, abstract, or keywords, marked as “articles”, written in English, published between 2016 and 2022, were extracted from the Web of Science platform and further analyzed using Biblioshiny. This bibliometric study aims to offer a comprehensive perspective on the field of misinformation detection by examining its evolution and identifying emerging trends, influential authors, collaborative networks, highly cited articles, key terms, institutional affiliations, themes, and other relevant factors. Additionally, the study reviews the most cited papers and provides an overview of all selected papers in the dataset, shedding light on methods employed to counter misinformation and the primary research areas where misinformation detection has been explored, including sources such as online social networks, communities, and news platforms. Recent events related to health issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic have heightened interest within the research community regarding misinformation detection, a statistic which is also supported by the fact that half of the papers included in top 10 papers based on number of citations have addressed this subject. The insights derived from this analysis contribute valuable knowledge to address the issue, enhancing our understanding of the field’s dynamics and aiding in the development of effective strategies to detect and mitigate the impact of misinformation. The results spotlight that IEEE Access occupies the first position in the current analysis based on the number of published papers, the King Saud University is listed as the top contributor for the misinformation detection, while in terms of countries, the top-5 list based on the highest contribution to this area is made by the USA, India, China, Spain, and the UK. Moreover, the study supports the promotion of verified and reliable sources of data, fostering a more informed and trustworthy information environment. Full article
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A Neoteric Approach toward Social Media in Public Health Informatics: A Narrative Review of Current Trends and Future Directions
by Asma Tahir Awan, Ana Daniela Gonzalez and Manoj Sharma
Information 2024, 15(5), 276; https://doi.org/10.3390/info15050276 - 13 May 2024
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Social media has become more popular in the last few years. It has been used in public health development and healthcare settings to promote healthier lifestyles. Given its important role in today’s culture, it is necessary to understand its current trends and future [...] Read more.
Social media has become more popular in the last few years. It has been used in public health development and healthcare settings to promote healthier lifestyles. Given its important role in today’s culture, it is necessary to understand its current trends and future directions in public health. This review aims to describe and summarize how public health professionals have been using social media to improve population outcomes. This review highlights the substantial influence of social media in advancing public health objectives. The key themes explored encompass the utilization of social media to advance health initiatives, monitor diseases, track behaviors, and interact with communities. Additionally, it discusses potential future directions on how social media can be used to improve population health. The findings show how social media has been used as a tool for research, implementing health campaigns, and health promotion. Social media integration with artificial intelligence (AI) and Generative Pre-Trained Transformers (GPTs) can impact and offer an innovative approach to tackle the problems and difficulties in health informatics. The research shows how social media will keep growing and evolving and, if used effectively, has the potential to help close public health gaps across different cultures and improve population health. Full article
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