Journal of Computer Science

Current Trust Inference Mechanisms in Web Based Social Networks

Zeinab Dehghan, Yahya AlMurtadha, Lai Ngan Kuen and Zailan Abdul Salam

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2012.1496.1500

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 8, Issue 9

Pages 1496-1500


Problem statement: Nowadays, web based social networks have gained a lot of attention. Over one billion users participate, communicate and share information on these networks based on trust. Approach: One important issue on online social networks is how much one person can trust another person in the network whom they are not directly connected. Scholars around the world have introduced a variety of models and algorithms for inferring trust in online social networks. This study takes a deep look at current methods, their advantages and disadvantages. Results: All current methods have weaknesses and cannot be considered the best solution for inferring trust. Conclusion: Considering the fact that web based social networks are based on trust upon participants, a more accurate and fast algorithm is needed to infer trustworthiness and help users gain valuable information.


© 2012 Zeinab Dehghan, Yahya AlMurtadha, Lai Ngan Kuen and Zailan Abdul Salam. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.