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"Nothing new under the sun"
There is  Arthur Schnitzler's LaRonde, written in 1896-97, but because of
censorship not premiered until 1921 in Vienna  ... I am glad network
analysis is so racy.

At 05:15 PM 9/25/02 -0400, David Gibson wrote:
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>For a time Peter Bearman and one of his co-authors (I forget which --
>maybe s/he is listening) were floating a paper on the dating (or maybe
>sexual) network in a US high school, which had as one striking and
>improbable finding that the largest subcomponent was a big loop,
>involving maybe 100-200 people. I'm not sure what happened to it.
>
>More relevant, perhaps, is
>
>Bearman, Peter. 1997. "Generalized Exchange." American Journal of
>Sociology 102:1383-1415.
>
>There's some evidence in this paper of a cycle among villages sending
>their women out for marriage (if I recall correctly). I remember reading
>the paper and thinking, perhaps because Bearman said as much, that
>cyclical exchange is the logical consequence of actors each with an
>indegree of one and an outdegree of one, under the constraint that there
>are no self-sufficient dyads.
>
>DRG
>
>Juan Manuel Larrosa wrote:
>
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>>Colleagues:
>>I have developed with a colleague of mine an economic model of network
>>formation. Results gave us circular network architecture as optimal
>>structure. It means that individual are full connected but in row where the
>>last one individual must be connected with the first one. A quite simple
>>example could be this:
>>
>>          A
>>           /    \
>>        /    \
>>       /      \
>>        B-------C
>>
>>I've read sociological literature where this structure could be assimilated
>>to a clique network, but I'm suspicious about other potential implications
>>in social networks research. Does anyone remember another social network
>>architecture (with real examples) where this circle form could emerge?
>>Specific references are welcome...
>>
>>Thanks in advance,
>>
>>Juan
>>
>>
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>>PhD Candidate
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