|Email: ursu22r at mtholyoke dot edu|
|My name is Raluca Mihaela Ursu, and this was my webpage during my participation in the DIMACS 2009 REU at Rutgers University.
I am currently a senior at Mount Holyoke College, MA,
majoring in Economics and Mathematics. My current webpage is
|The Summer Project|
My REU mentors were Professor Liviu Iftode and Professor
Muthu Muthukrishnan from Rutgers University and Dr. MohammadTaghi Hajiaghayi from AT&T Labs - Research. The team also included Rutgers graduate students
Gupte, Pravin Shankar and Lu Han.
The project focused on understanding the behavior of social network users with respect to
news posting and propagation of information. To answer the question of why users propagate information on social networks, such as Facebook
or Twitter, we proposed a novel approach based on the key observation that users behave strategically. The main result stating that the
spread of the news over an online social network exhibits a threshold behavior
is included in our
will appear in the
Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Internet and
Network Economics (WINE'09), Dec 2009.