***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** > The recently paper written by Huberman et al. presents a nice algorithm > that corroborate our results in a company half of the size of our > university. Nevertheless, the algorithm of Girvan and Newman discriminates > communities up to the size of individual persons and is a matter of choice > to define the minimal size we assign to a community. We argue that the GN > algorithm complemented with the full visualization of the binary tree is an > excellent tool for management purposes. In fact, as far as I can make out, the paper by Tyler, Wilkinson, and Huberman, which is under discussion here, also uses the algorithm created by Michelle Girvan and myself that Dr. Diaz-Guilera mentions. (For the larger components they use a slight variation of it that employs path sampling rather than total path counts, but it's fundamentally the same method. For the small components they use precisely our method.) So I believe it should not come as a great surprise that the two studies find similar results. Best wishes, Mark Newman. -- Prof. M. E. J. Newman Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan and Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.