The Anatomy of Reddit: An Overview of Academic Research

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Abstract

Online forums provide rich environments where users may post questions and comments about different topics. Understanding how people behave in online forums may shed light on the fundamental mechanisms by which collective thinking emerges in a group of individuals, but it has also important practical applications, for instance, to improve user experience, increase engagement or automatically identify bullying. Importantly, the datasets generated by the activity of the users are often openly available for researchers, in contrast to other sources of data in computational social science. In this survey, we map the main research directions that arose in recent years and focus primarily on the most popular platform, Reddit. We distinguish and categorize research depending on their focus on the posts or on the users and point to different types of methodologies to extract information from the structure and dynamics of the system. We emphasize the diversity and richness of the research in terms of questions and methods and suggest future avenues of research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
PublisherSpringer
Pages183-204
Number of pages22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
ISSN (Print)2213-8684
ISSN (Electronic)2213-8692

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Keywords

  • Discussion trees
  • Online communities
  • Stochastic models

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Medvedev, A. N., Lambiotte, R., & Delvenne, J. C. (2019). The Anatomy of Reddit: An Overview of Academic Research. In Springer Proceedings in Complexity (pp. 183-204). (Springer Proceedings in Complexity). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14683-2_9
Medvedev, Alexey N. ; Lambiotte, Renaud ; Delvenne, Jean Charles. / The Anatomy of Reddit : An Overview of Academic Research. Springer Proceedings in Complexity. Springer, 2019. pp. 183-204 (Springer Proceedings in Complexity).
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Medvedev, AN, Lambiotte, R & Delvenne, JC 2019, The Anatomy of Reddit: An Overview of Academic Research. in Springer Proceedings in Complexity. Springer Proceedings in Complexity, Springer, pp. 183-204. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14683-2_9

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Springer Proceedings in Complexity. Springer, 2019. p. 183-204 (Springer Proceedings in Complexity).

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