On Sat, 27 Apr 2002, Valdis wrote:
> BTW, Google uses a network metric very similar to 'prestige' in their Page
> Rank algorithm.
As a FYI, their network metric is vulnerable to manipulation. The
technique is a distributed "attack" called a googlebomb which employs
link "popularity". Offhand, I'd say analogs to this in human networks
would be a clique of members engaging in mutual promotion, or a fan club.