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Submission + - Analyzing Youtube Views using an Epidemic Model

CrazeeCracker writes: A researcher at the ETH in Zurich has recently released a group of research papers in which the popularity curve of Youtube videos is analyzed using a mathematical model similar to those used in modelling the spread of an epidemic. The model addresses such issues as why a handful of videos become massively popular, while the vast majority of videos get rarely any views.
As the website puts it, "We are able to measure the extent to which videos are spread by word-of-mouth using epidemic type models and a massive, unique data set on the daily view count for over five-million videos on YouTube."
Two other articles have also been published on the research.

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