• Haiyan Wang
  • Feng Wang
  • Kuai Xu
Part of the Surveys and Tutorials in the Applied Mathematical Sciences book series (STAMS, volume 7)


In this chapter we present two applications of partial differential equation models for information diffusion in online social networks. We present a diffusion-advection PDE model to describe a transnational diffusion process of social movement in social media during the Egyptian revolution in 2011. We develop a PDE-based influenza surveillance system by analyzing flu related Twitter data. The system aims to predict flu trends at more localized levels by leveraging the availability of geocoded Twitter data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haiyan Wang
    • 1
  • Feng Wang
    • 1
  • Kuai Xu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mathematical & Natural SciencesArizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA

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