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Hello Jenine and Socnet,
Reading the classic "Difussion of innovations" (Rogers) I found the
story of "Erdos Numbers". In the context of social distance and
communication proximity Rogers put as an example of proximity the "Erdos
numbers", which indicate the closeness of any given mathematician to
Paul Erdos, an hungarian mathematician who published 1475 scientific
papers of which 485 coauthored. The 485 who coauthored a paper with
Erdos have a Erdos number of 1. If a scholar coauthored a paper with one
of those 485, his or her number is 2 and so on.
The reference in Rogers ´s book is Hoffman, Paul (1998) "The man who
loved only numbers: The story of Paul Erdos and the search for
mathematical truth". New York.
The Erdos numbers make think in the equivalent in social sciences and/or
in SNA. Who could be an Erdos nowadays?
Certainly, in google and wikipedia you can find more information about
Rodrigo Araya D.
Research group Egoredes - Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
jenine harris escribió:
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> Hi all,
> I am currently working on developing a citation network for my doctoral
> dissertation and was wondering if anyone is aware of any articles (or
> resources) that review what has been done to date in citation network
> I have searched Google, my university library database, and done a bit of
> looking through the tables of contents in Scientometrics, but have not
> any luck in locating such a reference.
> Thank you in advance for any help,
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