August 11, 2011
Stanford student’s social research tool can predict your Facebook friends
Stanford University’s Jure Leskovec collects data to analyze human behavior on the web. So the traces of activity you leave on the internet, like your tweets, and the blogs you read can be used to predict who you would befriend on social networking websites like facebook. And all this can be gathered by using the information about personal networks of users. Such analysis is expected to become sharper with time and will help in studies pertaining to community behavior. As of today, Facebook gives you suggestions about people who you could possibly know based on the network of mutual friends. But this analysis will go further than that and will actually tell you who are going to make it to your friend’s list. Leskovec’s work has been so impressive that he also received this year’s Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship.