On the competition of two conflicting messages

Lu- Xing Yang, Pengdeng Li, Xiaofan Yang*, Yingbo Wu, Yuan Yan Tang

*Corresponding author for this work

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There are plenty of conflicting messages in online social networks. This paper addresses the competition of two conflicting messages. Based on a novel individual-level competing spreading model (the generic UABU model), three criteria for one or two messages to terminate are presented. These criteria manifest the influence of the two message-spreading networks on the evolution of the two messages. Extensive computer simulations show that when a message terminates, the dynamics of a simplified UABU model (the linear UABU model) fits well with the expected evolutionary process of the message. These findings help in understanding the competing spreading process of two conflicting messages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1853-1869
Number of pages17
JournalNonlinear Dynamics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Competitive spreading
  • Conflicting messages
  • Exact spreading model
  • Generic spreading model
  • Linear spreading model
  • Spreading network


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