Entity matching in online social networks

Olga Peled, Michael Fire, Lior Rokach, Yuval Elovici

2013 International Conference on Social Computing, 339-344, 2013

In recent years, Online Social Networks (OSNs) have essentially become an integral part of our daily lives. There are hundreds of OSNs, each with its own focus and offers for particular services and functionalities. To take advantage of the full range of services and functionalities that OSNs offer, users often create several accounts on various OSNs using the same or different personal information. Retrieving all available data about an individual from several OSNs and merging it into one profile can be useful for many purposes. In this paper, we present a method for solving the Entity Resolution (ER), problem for matching user profiles across multiple OSNs. Our algorithm is able to match two user profiles from two different OSNs based on machine learning techniques, which uses features extracted from each one of the user profiles. Using supervised learning techniques and extracted features, we constructed …