***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Most organizational networks I have seen have a few nodes with high degrees and more with low degrees, though I am not sure they fit the Barabasi, et.al. distributions and definitions -- i.e. power law. There are plenty examples of real human networks with a very low delta between highest degree vs. lowest degree.... depends on the network content. For the same population, one network may approach the power law format[with a few obvious hubs], while another set of links for the same population have a normal distribution -- and a very flat one at that. One of the problems I see is what some physicists consider a 'social network' -- the movie actors data base. On one hand it is social because it contains humans, but what is the real link? Do we have evidence that two people that appeared in a movie together ever had a conversation, or would call one another? Or could transfer a virus? Or any other typical human interaction? And the possibility that X is linked to Z because they both appeared in a movie together with Y is kind of crazy to me[ suppose [X--Y in 1970] [Y--Z 1980] and X died in 1975]. IMHO their criteria for a link is set way too low. I bet the actual actor's social network[who interacts with whom] looks much different. Maybe some of these patterns appear from incomplete data? Valdis On Feb 2, 2005, at 11:29 AM, Ajay Mehra wrote: > Also, in the organizational samples I’ve examined, the > distribution of degree centrality in certain types of networks (e.g., > “perceived leadership” network) follow the power law distribution, but > the > distribution of degree centrality in other networks (e.g., the trust > network) does not. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.