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BACKGROUND As the most popular video sharing website in the world, YouTube has the potential to reach and influence a huge audience. This study aims to gain a systematic understanding of what e-cigarette messages people are being exposed to on YouTube by assessing the quantity, portrayal and reach of e-cigarette videos. METHODS Researchers identified the(More)
If a piece of disinformation released from a terrorist organization propagates on Twitter and this adversarial campaign is detected after a while, how emergence responders can wisely choose a set of source users to start the counter campaign to minimize the disruptive influence of disinformation in a short time? This practical problem is challenging and(More)
With the development of Internet, widely kind of web data have been applied in influenza surveillance and epidemic early warning. However there were less works focusing on the estimation of geospatial distribution of influenza. In order to evaluate the potential power of news comments for geospatial distribution estimation, we choose the H1N1 pandemic in(More)
Discovering temporal patterns and changes in tobacco use has important practical implications in tobacco control. This paper presents one of the first comprehensive international studies of seasonal smoking patterns based on online searches performed. Using periodogram and cross-correlation, we find that smoking-related search behavior shows strong(More)
Important users are high-status vertices in social networks. They are everywhere in most fields of society and have big impact on those around them. Although a lot of effort has been made on identifying important users, the efficient methods still need to be developed, especially for the web users from Sina microblog, which is the most popular social(More)