Extreme chat rooms
In addition to the activity patterns of users, we also analyse and model their emotional expressions that trigger the interactions of users in online chats.
Validating our agent-based model against empirical findings allows us to draw conclusions about the role of emotions in this form of communication.
We provide an agent-based model of emotional interaction, which recovers qualitatively both the activity patterns in chatrooms and the emotional persistence of users and channels.
While our assumptions about agent's emotional expressions are rooted in psychology, the model allows to test different hypothesis regarding their emotional impact in online communication.
Online communication can be seen as a large-scale social experiment that constantly provides us with data about user activities and interactions.
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Prior to the very common social networking sites of today, IRC channels provided a safe and independent way for users to share and discuss information outside traditional media.