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I 'listen' to the conversation with much interest and would like
to add a bit.
First, one may add computer scientists and mathematicians in the
set of contributers to the field of complex (social) networks, I
think. I also beleive that their implication will be much stronger
in the next few years. The field may in particular induce a true
revolution in 'graph theory', including graph algorithmics.
Second, of course, a discussion between scientists from different
areas on what questions interest them, how they may be handled,
and the answers already obtained, including relevant methods, is
of great interest. This is always true, no ?
From my experience, this is particularily fruitful in the context
of complex networks, because (I think) we really have an object
in common and, importantly, questions in common concerning this
Such an effort is currently made in France at a national level,
between computer scientists, sociologists and other researchers
in human sciences. The main objective is really to do what was
proposed on the list: exchange points of views, methods,
questions, and even, sometimes, answers.
The discussions of this group are very rich, and, despite it is
difficult to evaluate, it makes no doubt that the discussions
have important consequences on both sides.
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