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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 179620, 7 pages
Research Article

Information Spread of Emergency Events: Path Searching on Social Networks

1School of Management, Fudan University, No. 220 Handan Road, Shanghai 200433, China
2School of Information Management and Engineering, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai 200433, China

Received 8 August 2013; Accepted 14 November 2013; Published 29 January 2014

Academic Editors: J. Shu and F. Yu

Copyright © 2014 Weihui Dai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Emergency has attracted global attentions of government and the public, and it will easily trigger a series of serious social problems if it is not supervised effectively in the dissemination process. In the Internet world, people communicate with each other and form various virtual communities based on social networks, which lead to a complex and fast information spread pattern of emergency events. This paper collects Internet data based on data acquisition and topic detection technology, analyzes the process of information spread on social networks, describes the diffusions and impacts of that information from the perspective of random graph, and finally seeks the key paths through an improved IBF algorithm. Application cases have shown that this algorithm can search the shortest spread paths efficiently, which may help us to guide and control the information dissemination of emergency events on early warning.