Large-Scale Talent Flow Embedding for Company Competitive Analysis

Le Zhang, Tong Xu, Hengshu Zhu, Chuan Qin, Qingxin Meng, Hui Xiong, Enhong Chen

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Recent years have witnessed the growing interests in investigating the competition among companies. Existing studies for company competitive analysis generally rely on subjective survey data and inferential analysis. Instead, in this paper, we aim to develop a new paradigm for studying the competition among companies through the analysis of talent flows. The rationale behind this is that the competition among companies usually leads to talent movement. Along this line, we first build a Talent Flow Network based on the large-scale job transition records of talents, and formulate the concept of "competitiveness" for companies with consideration of their bi-directional talent flows in the network. Then, we propose a Talent Flow Embedding (TFE) model to learn the bi-directional talent attractions of each company, which can be leveraged for measuring the pairwise competitive relationships between companies. Specifically, we employ the random-walk based model in original and transpose networks respectively to learn representations of companies by preserving their competitiveness. Furthermore, we design a multi-task strategy to refine the learning results from a fine-grained perspective, which can jointly embed multiple talent flow networks by assuming the features of company keep stable but take different roles in networks of different job positions. Finally, extensive experiments on a large-scale real-world dataset clearly validate the effectiveness of our TFE model in terms of company competitive analysis and reveal some interesting rules of competition based on the derived insights on talent flows.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Web Conference 2020 - Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450370233
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event29th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2020 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 20 Apr 202024 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameThe Web Conference 2020 - Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2020


Conference29th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2020
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Network Embedding
  • Talent Flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software


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