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Lu An, Xingyue Yi, Yuxin Han and Gang Li

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This study aims at constructing a microblog influence prediction model and revealing how the user, time, and content features of microblog entries about public health emergencies affect the influence of microblog entries. Microblog entries about the Ebola outbreak are selected as data sets. The BM25 latent Dirichlet allocation model (LDA-BM25) is used to extract topics from the microblog entries. A microblog influence prediction model is proposed by using the random forest method. Results reveal that the proposed model can predict the influence of microblog entries about public health emergencies with a precision rate reaching 88.8%. The individual features that play a role in the influence of microblog entries, as well as their influence tendencies are also analyzed. The proposed microblog influence prediction model consists of user, time, and content features. It makes up the deficiency that content features are often ignored by other microblog influence prediction models. The roles of the three features in the influence of microblog entries are also discussed.

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Yuan Zhang and Hsia-Ching Chang

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Healthcare communication on Twitter is challenging because the space for a tweet is limited, but the topic is too sophisticated to be concise. Comparing medical-terminology hashtags versus lay-language hashtags, this paper explores the characteristics of healthcare hashtags using an entropy matrix which derived from information theory. In this paper, the entropy matrix comprises of six different components used for constructing a tweet and serves as a framework for the structural analysis with the granularity of tweet composition. These granular components include image(s), text with semantic meanings, hashtag(s), @ username(s), hyperlink, and unused space. The entropy matrix proposed in this paper contributes to a new approach to visualizing the complexity level of hashtag collections. In addition, the calculated entropy could be an indicator of the diversity of a user’s choice across those tweet components. Furthermore, the visualizations (radar graph and scatterplot) illustrate statistical structures and the dynamics of the hashtag collections measured by entropy. The results from this study demonstrate a manifest relationship between tweet composition and the number of being retweeted.

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Minghong Chen, Jingye Qu, Yuan Xu and Jiangping Chen

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Following an integrated data analytics framework that includes descriptive analysis and multiple automatic content analysis, we examined 265 projects that have been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Smart and Connected Health (SCH) program. Our analysis discovered certain characteristics of these projects, including the distribution of the funds over years, the leading organizations in SCH, and the multidisciplinary nature of these projects. We also conducted content analysis on project titles and automatic analysis on the abstracts of the projects, including term frequency/word cloud analysis, clustering analysis, and topic modeling using Biterm method. Our analysis found that five main research areas were explored in these projects: system or platform development, modeling or algorithmic development for various purposes, designing smart health devices, clinical data collection and application, and education and academic activities of SCH. Together we obtained a comparatively fair understanding of these projects and demonstrated how different analytic approaches could complement each other. Future research will focus on the impact of these projects through an analysis of their publications and citations.

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Justyna Sujecka, Wiktoria Świech, Paweł Poryzała and Anna Borowska-Terka

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Karol Wałowski, Krzysztof Fiok, Iwona Grabarek and Martyna Sitek

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Aleksandra Polak-Sopińska, Jan Królikowski and Magdalena Wróbel-Lachowska