We would like to determine who are the most popular and influential people on Facebook in our country, the United Arab Emirates.
We have our own method of calculating / ranking / evaluating how popular a Facebook user is depending on the following information / variables:
a) number of friends
b) number of mutual friends with each friend
c) number of wall posts from other friends
d) number of wall posts made on other friend pages
e) average number of likes per wall post
f) average number of comments per wall post
h) average number of tagged friends per photo
i) average number of comments per photo
j) average number of likes per photo
k) number of groups the user is a fan of
i) number of pages the user is a fan of
We should be able to adjust the "weight" of importance of each category / variable to determine which users are most important.
We also want to determine which Facebook pages, and group, in the United Arab Emirates have the most members / fans, which is easy to determine once the above data is gathered / mined / analyzed.
As it is only possible to mine public profiles, we can start by mining users listed in Facebook search, under the main popular universities.
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By searching for each of the universities on the list in Facebook, the results will allow the scraper to view the users that either "liked" the page, or are a member of the group.
Although less than 5% of the population in the United Arab Emirates are university students, almost 99% is connected directly or indirectly to a university student.
Looking forward to your quotation at the earliest.