Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Semantic Social Networks

  • Peter GloorEmail author
  • Jana Diesner
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_90



Semantic network

Structured representations of knowledge that are used for reasoning and inference


Resource Description Framework


Friend of a friend


Natural language processing


Semantic social network analysis combines the collection and examination of connections between social agents and the content produced or shared in the network. Representations of the content are either attached to the nodes (e.g., if the nodes in the network are Web sites) or to the edges (e.g., if the edges in the network are e-mails). Network structure is then derived from similarity in the content exchanged or from similarity in content between the nodes. Analysis happens mostly on the word level through natural language processing techniques, and statistical approaches to comparing combinations of characters and words are also popular.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Collective IntelligenceMITCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.School of Information SciencesUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Talel Abdessalem
    • 1
  • Rokia Missaoui
    • 2
  1. 1.telecom-paristechParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversité du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)GatineauCanada