The Math of the perfect Reddit Submit

In Stanford haben sie einen Algorithmus entwickelt, der Reddit-Submissions auf ihren „viralen Erfolg“ untersucht und die ideale Form gefunden hat, spezifisch zugeschnitten auf unterschiedliche Subreddits. Dazu haben sie die Karma Decay-Datenbank ausgewertet, die erfolgreiche Submissions trackt und archiviert. Die erstaunlichste Erkenntnis dabei für mich: Bei spezialisierteren Subreddits (die haben r/atheism und r/games getestet, da kann man nun sehr drüber streiten, ob die Subs wirklich noch spezialisiert sind) ist es tatsächlich am besten, wenn man immer denselben Scheiß mit denselben Headlines postet. Merkt anscheinend keiner, finden alle toll, immer wieder – nennt man auf Reddit Circlejerking oder auch im Kreis wichsen. Hätte ich nicht 'mit gerechnet.

Das komplette Paper (PDF) habe ich noch nicht gelesen, werde ich aber definitiv nachholen, Snip aus dem Artikel vom Business Insider:

Lakkaraju, McAuley, and Leskovec scraped [KarmaDecays] data and developed models to ascertain what, precisely, goes into a good title when you normalize for the content itself. Essentially, they were able to find the impact of a title alone, and were able to factor out the community the content was submitted to, the time it was submitted, and especially the inherent "value" of the content image itself. The results were fascinating, to say the least.

The x-axis [of a chart] is a mathematical articulation of how similar the title of a submission is to other titles in each community, where 0 is completely irrelevant and 1 is exactly like the rest. The Y-axis shows the probability a submission is successful. Notice that for generic communities — funny, GIFs, and pics — there's something of a bell curve. If you title is way too unique, the post does poorly. If the title is like every other title, the post does badly. "The idea is, be different, but not too different," said Leskovec. "If you are too different then you are off topic. If you're not different then you are the same and again, you don't get noticed."

Then, take a look at the niche communities, atheism and gaming. The more like all the other posts you make your title, the better it does, with no consequent drop. There's a word for this effect on Reddit.

Computer Scientists Figured Out How To Execute The Perfect Reddit Submission