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I know people who are analyzing not the US phone system, but
the phone system in Spain.
It's already happening.... not with standard software, but with
software written in house.
Quoting Joshua O'Madadhain <[log in to unmask]>:
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> On 24 May 2006, at 13:42, Barry Wellman wrote:
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>> Story in GCN today estimates that AT&Ts database supplied to NSA was
>> 312 terrabytes plus, when managed by ATT's Daytona software that
>> managements its call detail record dbase.
>> Story recounts different opinions as to whether this is analyzable in any
>> useful size. Supposedly SGI has computers with 13 terabytes worth of
>> activity memory.
>> Interested? Read the story at:
>> I am waiting for the first paper that does clustering and centrality on
>> the American telephone system.
> I don't know if you were serious or not, but I don't expect to see
> this soon, for a few reasons:
> (1) even the permanent storage (almost an exabyte, including data
> from all 3 carriers) for
> this data would be hard to manage, never mind getting it into memory
> for analysis.
> (2) more importantly, this data hasn't--as far as I know--been
> released to anyone that would be likely to publish analyses in an
> open (i.e., unclassified) journal. Nor do I expect that it will soon
> be released for such a purpose.
> As a final point, since the network changes over time (people move
> and acquire new phone numbers, old phone numbers are recycled, people
> acquire new "phone relationships" and discard old ones, etc.), the
> definition of "the network" for purposes of clustering/centrality
> analyses would be open to interpretation. (Looking at extremely
> small time slices of the network would be one way of dealing with the
> storage and memory problem, though.)
> Joshua O'Madadhain
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