Modeling Collective Anticipation and Response on Wikipedia


  • Ryota Kobayashi The University of Tokyo JST, PRESTO
  • Patrick Gildersleve University of Oxford
  • Takeaki Uno National Institute of Informatics
  • Renaud Lambiotte University of Oxford



Organizational and group behavior mediated by social media; interpersonal communication mediated by social media, Trend identification and tracking; time series forecasting, Qualitative and quantitative studies of social media


The dynamics of popularity in online media are driven by a combination of endogenous spreading mechanisms and response to exogenous shocks including news and events. However, little is known about the dependence of temporal patterns of popularity on event-related information, e.g. which types of events trigger long-lasting activity. Here we propose a simple model that describes the dynamics around peaks of popularity by incorporating key features, i.e., the anticipatory growth and the decay of collective attention together with circadian rhythms. The proposed model allows us to develop a new method for predicting the future page view activity and for clustering time series. To validate our methodology, we collect a corpus of page view data from Wikipedia associated to a range of planned events, that are events which we know in advance will have a fixed date in the future, such as elections and sport events. Our methodology is superior to existing models in both prediction and clustering tasks. Furthermore, restricting to Wikipedia pages associated to association football, we observe that the specific realization of the event, in our case which team wins a match or the type of the match, has a significant effect on the response dynamics after the event. Our work demonstrates the importance of appropriately modeling all phases of collective attention, as well as the connection between temporal patterns of attention and characteristic underlying information of the events they represent.




How to Cite

Kobayashi, R., Gildersleve, P., Uno, T., & Lambiotte, R. (2021). Modeling Collective Anticipation and Response on Wikipedia. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 15(1), 315-326.