Alguliev R.M., Aliguliyev R.M., Ganjaliyev F.S.

Social networks have attracted much attention recently. Different studies have been conducted to automatically extract social networks among various kinds of entities from the Web. Social network analysis (SNA) finds its application in many current business areas. Although much work has been done for extraction and analysis of social networks on the Web, still there are open problems for which solutions are required. In this paper initially we give a brief history of social network analysis. Then, we describe some of the mostly used data sources for social network data on the Web. Afterwards, we give an overview of some of the existing methods and algorithms for extracting social networks from the Web. Finally, we conclude with what we shall be addressing in our research. (p. 3-11)

Keywords: web-based social networks; data source; social network analysis; actors
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