Borut Sluban will give a talk on “Sentiment leaning of influential communities in social networks” during the PhD Seminar Research in Network Science.

Social media and social networks contribute to shape the debate on societal and policy issues, but the dynamics of this process is not well understood. As a case study, we monitor Twitter activity on a wide range of environmental issues. First, we identify influential users and communities by means of a network analysis of the retweets. Second, we carry out a content-based classification of the communities according to the main interests and profile of their most influential users. Third, we perform sentiment analysis of the tweets to identify the leaning of each community towards a set of common topics, including some controversial issues. This novel combination of network, content-based, and sentiment analysis allows for a better characterization of groups and their leanings in complex social networks.