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I don't know if others have seen this, but I found it an interesting
application of network ideas. It also gives one pause regarding all of
our work in social science. Basically, the author traced a recent
scientific "belief" proposed in medical research that is probably untrue
but lived and became believed to be true through a pattern of citations,
even though the preponderance of evidence did not support that belief.
The authors draw mostly on Kleinberg's and Newman's network work. Can we
improve on this analysis, say, with some good old fashioned
Friedkin-Johnsen social influence modeling?
David Krackhardt, Professor of Organizations, Executive Editor of JoSS
Heinz College of Public Policy and Management, and
The Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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