Emergence of Influential Spreaders in Modified Rumor Models

Javier Borge-Holthoefer, Sandro Meloni, Bruno Gonçalves, Yamir Moreno

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The burst in the use of online social networks over the last decade has provided evidence that current rumor spreading models miss some fundamental ingredients in order to reproduce how information is disseminated. In particular, recent literature has revealed that these models fail to reproduce the fact that some nodes in a network have an influential role when it comes to spread a piece of information. In this work, we introduce two mechanisms with the aim of filling the gap between theoretical and experimental results. The first model introduces the assumption that spreaders are not always active whereas the second model considers the possibility that an ignorant is not interested in spreading the rumor. In both cases, results from numerical simulations show a higher adhesion to real data than classical rumor spreading models. Our results shed some light on the mechanisms underlying the spreading of information and ideas in large social systems and pave the way for more realistic diffusion models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-393
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Human activity patterns
  • Online social networks
  • Rumor spreading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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Borge-Holthoefer, J., Meloni, S., Gonçalves, B., & Moreno, Y. (2013). Emergence of Influential Spreaders in Modified Rumor Models. Journal of Statistical Physics, 151(1-2), 383-393. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10955-012-0595-6