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Dear Network Analysts,
Here's my exchange with Prof Paulos who published an article similar to
Scott Feld's, and his rapid and polite response.
We'll see if Scientific American itself publishes something like this.
S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC NetLab Director
Department of Sociology 725 Spadina Avenue, Room 388
University of Toronto Toronto Canada M5S 2J4 twitter:barrywellman
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Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:57:48 -0500
From: J.A. Paulos <[log in to unmask]>
To: Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>, [log in to unmask],
Anna Kuchment <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Similarity of Paulos' "less popular than your friends" article to
Thanks for your note and sorry to have startled you. I was
unaware of Professor Feld's 1991 paper. As you indicate, I suspect he did
more than I did in my short article. The basic idea, however, is a quite
natural one, especially given the increasing salience of social media. I'm
sure the obvious distinction between average class size and a
people-weighted class size has been written about as well.
On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 9:48 AM, Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> I was startled by John Allen Paulos' well-written aritcle in the February
> 2011 Scientific American, "You're Probably Less Popular Than Your Friends"
> because it independently recapitulate the same argument that sociologist
> Scott Feld (Purdue University) made in the American Journal of Sociology in
> 1991: "Why Your Friends Have More Friends than You Do" -- although Prof.
> Feld provided substantially more evidence for this assertion. This is a
> well-known article in the leading American journal, with 48 cites in Google
> I note that both the editors and Prof Paulos are proud of this article, as
> it is featured on Prof Paulos home page and put out January 26 as a Scientic
> American web release:
> It would be great if you both acknowledged Prof. Feld's important prior
> Barry Wellman
> Founder, International Network for Social Network Analysis
> S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC NetLab Director
> Department of Sociology 725 Spadina Avenue, Room 388
> University of Toronto Toronto Canada M5S 2J4 twitter:barrywellman
> http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman fax:+1-416-978-3963
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