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David Lazer (blessed be his name) tweeted my attn to a nice looking
Social selection and peer influence in an online social network
Kevin Lewis, Marco Gonzalez, Jason Kaufman
on how similar tastes > friendship, but friends don't > similar tastes.
This is reminiscent of the article that great bibliometrician Howard
White, Nancy Nazer (now a bank VP) and I did some years ago on social
networks and citation networks in which we found that over time scholars
who cited each other tended to become friends, rather than friends tending
to cite each other.
Howard White, Barry Wellman and Nancy Nazer. 2004. "Does Citation
Reflect Social Structure: Longitudinal Evidence from the `Globenet'
Interdisciplinary Research Group." Journal of the American Society for
Information Science and Technology, 55, 2: 111-26.
So birds of a feather do eventually flock together.
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