Encyclopedia of Algorithms

2016 Edition
| Editors: Ming-Yang Kao

Influence and Profit

  • Yuqing ZhuEmail author
  • Weili Wu
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2864-4_624

Years and Authors of Summarized Original Work

  • 2003; Kempe, Kleinberg, Tardos

  • 2013; Zhu, Lu, Bi, Wu, Jiang, Li

Problem Definition

A social network is a graph of relationships and interactions within a set of individuals. Information can spread within a social network by “word-of-mouth” effects. In other words, information diffuses from individuals to individuals in a social network through the connections between them, and if some information is spread by some initial individuals, many individuals may believe in it due to information diffusion. A social network is denoted as G=(V, E, w), where V is a set of vertexes with size n, \(E \subseteq V \times V\)


Data mining Influence Profit Social networks Viral marketing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceCalifornia State UniversityLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of Texas at DallasTXUSA
  3. 3.College of Computer Science and TechnologyTaiyuan University of TechnologyTaiyuanChina
  4. 4.Department of Computer ScienceCalifornia State UniversityLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of Texas at DallasTXUSA