r/place - The Art of War:
What makes individuals and communities clash and collaborate? Reddit's April Fools experiment can provide some answers. The students Avrahami Israeli and Alex Kremiansky, under the supervision of Dr. Oren Tsur combine state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms with social network analysis to predict collective behavior of millions of users and thousands of communities in a surprising external shock. The paper This Must Be the Place: Predicting Engagement of Online Communities in a Large-scale Distributed Campaign will be presented in The Web Conference (formerly WWW) at the end of the month.