Analysis of Group-Based Communication in WhatsApp
This work investigates group-based communication in WhatsApp based on a survey and the analysis of messaging logs. The characteristics of WhatsApp group chats in terms of usage and topics are outlined. We present a classification based on the topic of the group and classify anonymized messaging logs based on message statistics. Finally, we model WhatsApp group communication with a semi-Markov process, which can be used to generate network traffic similar to real messaging logs.
KeywordsGroup-based communication WhatsApp Survey Classification Semi-Markov process Network traffic model Mobile instant messaging Group chats Mobile networks
This work was partly funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) under grants HO 4770/1-2 and TR257/31-2, and in the framework of the EU ICT Project SmartenIT (FP7-2012-ICT-317846). The authors alone are responsible for the content.
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