## Zaman: A Bayesian Approach for Predicting the Popularity of Tweets

*FIG 7. Graphical model of the Bayesian log-normal-binomial model for the evolution of retweet graphs. Hyper-priors are omitted for simplicity. The plates denote replication over tweets x and users v ^{x}_{j}.*

We predict the popularity of short messages called tweets created in the micro-blogging site known as Twitter. We measure the popularity of a tweet by the time-series path of its retweets, which is when people forward the tweet to others. We develop a probabilistic model for the evolution of the retweets using a Bayesian approach, and form predictions using only observations on the retweet times and the local network or “graph” structure of the retweeters. We obtain good step ahead forecasts and predictions of the final total number of retweets even when only a small fraction (i.e. less than one tenth) of the retweet paths are observed. This translates to good predictions within a few minutes of a tweet being posted and has potential implications for understanding the spread of broader ideas, memes, or trends in social networks and also revenue models for both individuals who “sell tweets” and for those looking to monetize their reach.

A Bayesian Approach for Predicting the Popularity of Tweets

Tauhid Zaman, Emily B. Fox, Eric T. Bradlow

arXiv:1304.6777 [cs.SI]

## SSES 2012: Warming in North America, 2041-2070

This Web-Project represents an accounting of temperature change that is projected for North America in 2041-2070. Regional Climate Models (RCMs) are run 60 years into the future for small, 50 km x 50 km regions in North America, and their results are analyzed statistically for all regions and all four Boreal seasons. The preponderance of results throughout all of North America is one of warming, usually more than 2°C (3.6°F). A Bayesian, spatial, two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) model is used to analyze RCM data from the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP).

## NCDC DS-9640: CONUS Temperature Anomalies and a couple of ax-grinders

For some reason, two posts at The Blackboard, * It’s “Fancy,” Sort of …* (Shollenberger) and

*(Lucia), seem to be having difficulty understanding the mechanics of another post at “Open Mind”,*

__“To get what he wanted”: Upturned end points.__*(Tamino). But there is nothing unusual or difficult about the methods Tamino used to create the charts which have generated so much smoke and apparent frustration at The Blackboard – resulting in an outbreak of mcintyretude: scorn, derision, insults, and the questioning of motives. Since this is mostly a quick walk through of some code to clear the smoke, I will leave the charts generated to post at the end.*

__In the Classroom__## Lines, Sines, and Curve Fittings 12 – heteroskedasticity 1

In statistics, a sequence of random variables is heteroscedastic, or heteroskedastic, if the random variables have different variances. The term means “differing variance” and comes from the Greek “hetero” (‘different’) and “skedasis” (‘dispersion’). In contrast, a sequence of random variables is called homoscedastic if it has constant variance.

## Lines, Sines, and Curve Fitting 11 – more extrapolation

I’ve mostly been working through GISTEMP in this series, but the exp+sine results were interesting enough that I wanted to pause and look at both line+sine and exp+sine in all three data sets.

## Lines, Sines, and Curve Fitting 10 – nls

The “nonlinear least squares” (nls) function is part of the core of R. John Fox wrote an introduction to it: Nonlinear Regression and Nonlinear Least Squares. This function will in a few dozen iterations return a better fit than my brain-dead looping around parameter space a few tens of thousands of times.

## Lines, Sines, and Curve Fitting 9 – Girma

Dr G. Orssengo recently brought to my attention his “line+sine” model which was presented at WUWT in April 2009. In short, his model is

**y = (m*(x-1880) + b) + (A * cos(((x-1880)/T)*(2*pi)))**

intercept (1880) b = -0.53

slope m = 0.0059 C / yr

amplitude A = 0.3 C

period T = 60 years

Which he displays as such: