May 19, 2022

Research Paper: “Shared Feelings: Understanding Facebook Reactions to Scholarly Articles” (Preprint)

The following article was recently posted on arXiv.


Shared Feelings: Understanding Facebook Reactions to Scholarly Articles


Cole Freeman
Northern Illinois University

Mrinal Kanti Roy
Northern Illinois University

Michele Fattoruso
Northern Illinois University

Hamed Alhoori
Northern Illinois University


via arXiv


Research on social-media platforms has tended to rely on textual analysis to perform research tasks. While text-based approaches have significantly increased our understanding of online behavior and social dynamics, they overlook features on these platforms that have grown in prominence in the past few years: click-based responses to content. In this paper, we present a new dataset of Facebook Reactions to scholarly content. We give an overview of its structure, analyze some of the statistical trends in the data, and use it to train and test two supervised learning algorithms. Our preliminary tests suggest the presence of stratification in the number of users following pages, divisions that seem to fall in line with distinctions in the subject matter of those pages.

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Note: The paper will be presented at the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries.

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