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Yes but everytime we think about this topic we realize the answer is: It
depends on the network being measured. The same organization will have
an infinite number of networks depending on which network is being measured:
Who goes to whom for advice is one network, but
Who do you think has the most power is another.
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> A client recently asked me, "What type of networks do you run into in organizations? Scale-free or Small-world?" I did an informal browse of about 20 data sets from biz orgs and found many occurrences of a third pattern -- core-periphery!! [C/P model as described by Borgatti & Everett] So guys, where is YOUR book?
> Both S-W and C/P have similar metrics -- short path lengths and high clustering. Big difference is one[C/P] vs. many[S-W] clusters. A more complete investigation would be interesting... how many data sets from how many situations would be sufficient? Sounds like a good thesis topic.
> ---- David Lazer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>(2) what networks tend to be scale free, and what networks not? The
>>interpersonal data I tend to work with I'm pretty sure tend to be normally
>>distributed. Many other kinds of networks, as Barabasi and others have
>>shown, are power law distributed in in-degree. If one were to survey
>>social network data sets, and categorize them by type of distribution of
>>in-degree, what would the categories be, and what would be the variables
>>underlying those categories? Has this been done?
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