Social Interaction Model

Benjamin Johannes Flesch

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This paper introduces a novel conceptual foundation for Social Set Analysis, the Social Interaction Model. It contributes to the state-of-the-art theory in Big Social Data by extending the existing Social Data Model through proposal of an improved concept which is formally grounded in set theory and relational algebra. The concept of Interactions based on one initial Action between two social media Actors, and zero or many Reactions, all referencing the initial Action, is presented. Furthermore, temporal and spatial dimensions are included as a core component of the proposed model, thus streamlining data analytics tasks in the realm of Social Set Analysis. Key differences between the existing Social Data Model and the Social Interaction Model contributed in this paper are the inclusion of non-textual artifact content types, the unification of a previously bipartite Social Data Model, the deprecation of an empirically vague notion of Activities, and improved interoperability between data sources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data
EditorsNaoki Abe, Huan Liu, Calton Pu, Xiaohua Hu, Nesreen Ahmed, Mu Qiao, Yang Song, Donald Kossmann, Bing Liu, Kisung Lee, Jiliang Tang, Jingrui He, Jeffrey Saltz
Number of pages3
Place of PublicationLos Alamitos, CA
Publication date2019
Article number8622346
ISBN (Print)9781538650363
ISBN (Electronic)9781538650349, 9781538650356
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventSixth IEEE International Conference on Big Data. IEEE BigData 2018 - The Westin Seattle, Seattle, United States
Duration: 10 Dec 201813 Dec 2018
Conference number: 6


ConferenceSixth IEEE International Conference on Big Data. IEEE BigData 2018
LocationThe Westin Seattle
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


  • Big data analytics
  • Big social data
  • Computational social science
  • Social set analysis
  • Social data model

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