Identifying Topical Opinion Leaders in Social Community Question Answering

  • Tao Zhao
  • Hong Huang
  • Xiaoming Fu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10827)


Social community question answering (SCQA) sites not only provide regular question answering (QA) service but also form a social network where users can follow each other. Identifying topical opinion leaders who are both expert and influential in SCQA becomes a hot research topic. However, existing works focus on either using knowledge expertise to find experts for improving the quality of answers, or measuring user influence to identify influential ones. In this paper, we propose QALeaderRank, a topical opinion leader identification framework, incorporating both the topic-sensitive influence and the topical knowledge expertise. To measure a user’s topic-sensitive influence, we design a novel ranking algorithm that exploits both the social and QA features of SCQA, taking account of the network structure, topical similarity and knowledge authority. Besides, we incorporate three topic-relevant metrics to infer the topical expertise. Extensive experiments along with a user study demonstrate that QALeaderRank outperforms the compared state-of-the-art methods. QALeaderRank can also be used to identify multi-topic opinion leaders.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Computer ScienceUniversity of GoettingenGoettingenGermany
  2. 2.School of Computer ScienceHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina

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