Social Activity versus Academic Activity: A Case Study of Computer Scientists on Twitter

S. Pujari, A. Teka Hadgu, E. Lex, and R. Jäschke. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Knowledge Technologies and Data-driven Business , New York, NY, USA, ACM, (2015)


In this work, we study social and academic network activities of researchers from Computer Science. Using a recently proposed framework, we map the researchers to their Twitter accounts and link them to their publications. This enables us to create two types of networks: first, networks that reflect social activities on Twitter, namely the researchers’ follow, retweet and mention networks and second, networks that reflect academic activities, that is the co-authorship and citation networks. Based on these datasets, we (i) compare the social activities of researchers with their academic activities, (ii) investigate the consistency and similarity of communities within the social and academic activity networks, and (iii) investigate the information flow between different areas of Computer Science in and between both types of networks. Our findings show that if co-authors interact on Twitter, their relationship is reciprocal, increasing with the numbers of papers they co-authored. In general, the social and the academic activities are not correlated. In terms of community analysis, we found that the three social activity networks are most consistent with each other, with the highest consistency between the retweet and mention network. A study of information flow revealed that in the follow network, researchers from Data Management, Human-Computer Interaction, and Artificial Intelligence act as a source of information for other areas in Computer Science.

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