Developing, Testing, and Designing from a Computational Theory of Online Communities
This interdisciplinary research project will build and test a computational theory describing the factors and processes that influence the success of online communities. The investigators will develop and test new theories during the course of this project in order to better predict community success at multiple levels of analysis, including members' support, community maintenance, production, and key stakeholder benefits. The computational theory produced in this research will provide new scientific insights to explain variations in success in existing online communities and new engineering insights that can be applied to improve design choices.
Start date: 9/1/2016
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