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An Overview on User Profiling in Online Social Networks

Vasanthakumar G. U., Sunithamma K., P. Deepa Shenoy, Venugopal K. R.

International Journal of Applied Information Systems
Year of Publication: 2017
Publisher: Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Authors:Vasanthakumar G. U., Sunithamma K., P. Deepa Shenoy, Venugopal K. R.
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  1. Vasanthakumar G U., Sunithamma K., Deepa P Shenoy and Venugopal K R.. An Overview on User Profiling in Online Social Networks. International Journal of Applied Information Systems 11(8):25-42, January 2017. URL, DOI BibTeX

    	author = "Vasanthakumar G. U. and Sunithamma K. and P. Deepa Shenoy and Venugopal K. R.",
    	title = "An Overview on User Profiling in Online Social Networks",
    	journal = "International Journal of Applied Information Systems",
    	issue_date = "January 2017",
    	volume = 11,
    	number = 8,
    	month = "Jan",
    	year = 2017,
    	issn = "2249-0868",
    	pages = "25-42",
    	numpages = 18,
    	url = "",
    	doi = "10.5120/ijais2017451639",
    	publisher = "Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA",
    	address = "New York, USA"


Advances in Online Social Networks is creating huge data day in and out providing lot of opportunities to its users to express their interest and opinion. Due to the popularity and exposure of social networks, many intruders are using this platform for illegal purposes. Identifying such users is challenging and requires digging huge knowledge out of the data being flown in the social media. This work gives an insight to profile users in online social networks. User Profiles are established based on the behavioral patterns, correlations and activities of the user analyzed from the aggregated data using techniques like clustering, behavioral analysis, content analysis and face detection. Depending on application and purpose, the mechanism used in profiling users varies. Further study on other mechanisms used in profiling users is under the scope of future endeavors.


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Behavior Analysis, Content Analysis, Face Detection, Online Social Networks, User Profiling