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USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations

2020

Agent-Based Modeling

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Analysis Of Malicious Behavior On Social Media Platforms Using Agent-Based Modeling, Agnieszka Anna Onuchowska Mar 2020

Analysis Of Malicious Behavior On Social Media Platforms Using Agent-Based Modeling, Agnieszka Anna Onuchowska

USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The following dissertation focuses on the problem of malicious accounts actions on social media. The dissertation proposes an artifact in a form of an agent-based model of Twitter network. The model is then deployed to investigate a policy intervention that aims at controlling malicious behavior on social media outlets. The main research question is: How can we best intervene in social networks to minimize the effects of malicious actors? The dissertation consists of four studies that are organized as follows. First study is designed as an exploratory investigation that deploys descriptive analysis and unsupervised methods to analyze the types of …