Socialization and trust formation: A mutual reinforcement? An exploratory analysis in an online virtual setting

Atanu Roy, Zoheb H. Borbora, Jaideep Srivastava

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Abstract

Social interactions preceding and succeeding trust formation can be significant indicators of formation of trust in online social networks. In this research we analyze the social interaction trends that lead and follow formation of trust in these networks. This enables us to hypothesize novel theories responsible for explaining formation of trust in online social settings and provide key insights. We find that a certain level of socialization threshold needs to be met in order for trust to develop between two individuals. This threshold differs across persons and across networks. Once the trust relation has developed between a pair of characters connected by some social relation (also referred to as a character dyad), trust can be maintained with a lower rate of socialization. Our first set of experiments is the relationship prediction problem. We predict the emergence of a social relationship like grouping, mentoring and trading between two individuals over a period of time by looking at the past characteristics of the network. We find that features related to trust have very little impact on this prediction. In the final set of experiments, we predict the formation of trust between individuals by looking at the topographical and semantic social interaction features between them. We generate three semantic dimensions for this task which can be recomputed with an observed social variable (say grouping) to create a new semantic social variable. In this endeavor, we successfully show that, including features related to socialization, gives us an approximate increase of 4-9% accuracy for trust relationship predictions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages653-660
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450322409
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013 - Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Duration: 25 Aug 201328 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013

Other

Other2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013
CountryCanada
CityNiagara Falls, ON
Period25/8/1328/8/13

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Keywords

  • Online trust formation
  • Online virtual social networks
  • Relationship prediction
  • Social interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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Roy, A., Borbora, Z. H., & Srivastava, J. (2013). Socialization and trust formation: A mutual reinforcement? An exploratory analysis in an online virtual setting. In Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013 (pp. 653-660). (Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2492517.2492550