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Corporate Social Network Analysis: A Deep Learning Approach

Cao, Rui, Gene Moo Lee, Hasan Cavusoglu (2020) “Corporate Social Network Analysis: A Deep Learning Approach,” Working Paper.

Identifying inter-firm relationships is critical in understanding the industry landscape. However, due to the dynamic nature of such relationships, it is challenging to capture corporate social networks in a scalable and timely manner. To address this issue, this research develops a framework to build corporate social network representations by applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques on a corpus of 10-K filings, describing the reporting firms’ perceived relationships with other firms. Our framework uses named-entity recognition (NER) to locate the corporate names in the text, topic modeling to identify types of relationships included, and BERT to predict the type of relationship described in each sentence. To show the value of the network measures created by the proposed framework, we conduct two empirical analyses to see their impacts on firm performance. The first study shows that competition relationship and in-degree measurements on all relationship types have prediction power in estimating future earnings. The second study focuses on the difference between individual perspectives in an inter-firm social network. Such a difference is measured by the direction of mentions and is an indicator of a firm’s success in network governance. Receiving more mentions from other firms is a positive signal to network governance and it shows a significant positive correlation with firm performance next year.

A Friend Like Me: Modeling Network Formation in a Location-Based Social Network (JMIS 2016)

Lee, Gene Moo*, Liangfei Qiu*, Andrew B. Whinston* (2016) A Friend Like Me: Modeling Network Formation in a Location-Based Social Network, Journal of Management Information Systems 33(4), pp. 1008-1033. (* equal contribution)

  • Best Paper Nomination at HICSS 2016
  • Presented in WITS (Auckland, New Zealand 2014), and WISE (Auckland, New Zeland 2014), HICSS (Kauai, HI 2016)
  • Dissertation Paper #2

This article studies the strategic network formation in a location-based social network. We build an empirical model of social link creation that incorporates individual characteristics and pairwise user similarities. Specifically, we define four user proximity measures from biography, geography, mobility, and short messages. To construct proximity from unstructured text information, we build topic models using Latent Dirichlet Allocation. Using Gowalla data with 385,306 users, 3 million locations, and 35 million check-in records, we empirically estimate the model to find evidence on the homophily effect on network formation. To cope with possible endogeneity issues, we use exogenous weather shocks as our instrumental variables and find the empirical results are robust: network formation decisions are significantly affected by our proximity measures.

Strategic Network Formation in a Location-Based Social Network: A Topic Modeling Approach (HICSS 2016)

Lee, G. M., Qiu, L., Whinston, A. B. (2016). Strategic Network Formation in a Location-Based Social Network: A Topic Modeling ApproachProceedings of Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2016), Kauai, Hawaii. Nominated for Best Paper Award

This paper studies strategic network formation in a location-based social network. We build a structural model of social link creation that incorporates individual characteristics and pairwise user similarities. Specifically, we define four user proximity measures from biography, geography, mobility, and short messages. To construct proximity from unstructured text information, we build topic models using latent Dirichlet allocation. Using Gowalla data with 385,306 users, three million locations, and 35 million check-in records, we empirically estimate the structural model to find evidence on the homophily effect in network formation.

Link Formation in Mobile and Economic Networks: Model and Empirical Analysis (Ph.D. Dissertation 2015)

Gene Moo Lee (2015). Link Formation in Mobile and Economic Networks: Model and Empirical AnalysisUT Austin Ph.D. Dissertation, Austin, TX, August 2015.

In this dissertation, we study three link formation problems in mobile and economic networks: (i) company matching for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) network in the high-technology (high-tech) industry, (ii) mobile application (app) matching for cross-promotion network in mobile app markets, and (iii) online friendship formation in mobile social networks. Each problem can be modeled as link formation problem in a graph, where nodes represent independent entities (e.g., companies, apps, users) and edges represent interactions (e.g., transactions, promotions, friendships) among the nodes.

First, we propose a new data-analytic approach to measure firms’ dyadic business proximity to analyze M&A network in the high-tech industry. Specifically, our method analyzes the unstructured texts that describe firms’ businesses using latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA) topic modeling, and constructs a novel business proximity measure based on the output. Using CrunchBase data including 24,382 high-tech companies and 1,689 M&A transactions, we empirically validate our business proximity measure in the context of industry intelligence and show the measure’s effectiveness in an application of M&A network analysis. Based on the research, we build a cloud-based information system to facilitate competitive intelligence on the high-tech industry.

Second, we analyze mobile app matching for cross promotion network in mobile app markets. Cross promotion (CP) is a new app promotion framework, in which a mobile app is promoted to the users of another app. Using IGAWorks data covering 1,011 CP campaigns, 325 apps, and 301,183 users, we evaluate the effectiveness of CP campaigns in comparison with existing ad channels such as mobile display ads. While CP campaigns, on average, are still suboptimal as compared with display ads, we find evidence that a careful matching of mobile apps can significantly improve the effectiveness of CP campaigns. Our empirical results show that app similarity, measured by LDA from apps’ text descriptions, is a significant factor that increases the user engagement in CP campaigns. With this observation, we propose an app matching mechanism for the CP network to improve the ad effectiveness.

Third, we study friendship network formation in a location-based social network. We build a structural model of social link creation that incorporates individual characteristics and pairwise user similarities. Specifically, we define four user proximity measures from biography, geography, mobility, and short messages (i.e., tweets). To construct proximity from unstructured text information, we build LDA topic models of user biography texts and tweets. Using Gowalla data with 385,306 users, three million locations, and 35 million check-in records, we empirically estimate the structural model to find evidence on the homophily effect in network formation.

Mobile Video Delivery via Human Movement (SECON 2013)

Lee, G. M., Rallapalli, S., Dong, W., Chen, Y., Qiu, L., and Zhang, Y. (2013). Mobile Video Delivery via Human Movement. In Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Sensor, Mesh, and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON 2013), New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • SECON is a premier conference in the networking area (h-index: 22)

This paper proposes VideoFountain, a novel service that deploys kiosks at popular venues to store and transmit digital media to users’ personal devices using Wi-Fi access points, which may not have Internet connectivity. We leverage mobile users to deliver content to these kiosks. A key component in this design is an in-depth understanding of user mobility. We gather real mobility traces from two largest location-based social networks (Foursquare and Gowalla) and analyze both macroscopic and microscopic human mobility in different cities. Based on the insights we gain, we study several algorithms to determine the initial placement of content and design routing algorithms to optimize content delivery. We further consider several practical issues, such as how to incentivize users to forward content, how to manage copyrights, how to ensure security, and how to achieve service discovery. We demonstrate the feasibility of VideoFountain using trace-driven simulations.