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National Research University Higher School of EconomicsStudent ThesesTopic and Network Structure of Virtual Urban Communities
Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Vadim Voskresenskii
Topic and Network Structure of Virtual Urban Communities
Modern Social Analysis
(Master’s programme)
2017
Paper is concerned with online groups created by urban residentы on social networking site (SNS) "VK". Work is focused on the analysis of thematic profiles of groups related to different territorial areas and on overlaps between audiences of these groups. In this work, the author applies topic modeling algorithm accompanied with descriptive statistics and social network methods. There was found that groups of administrative and municipal districts are used by members for consuming information, whereas local groups perform instrumental functions. At the same time, audiences of different groups are poorly interconnected. Besides, the author claims that the structure of SNS does not motivate members of local groups to be involved in a wide range of initiative communities but it can play the role of infrastructure connecting professional activists and ordinary residents.

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