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Valdis' reference to Erica Klarreich's little article "Sizing up Complex
Webs: Close or far, many networks look th same" (Science News Online
http://www.scincenews.org/articles/20050129/fob3.asp) certainly
attracted comment on SOCNET.  27 messages in the two days of February
2nd and 3rd!

I don't know much about math, but the article and some of the relevant
comments seemed to be perfectly consistent with what I was talking about
in my Keynote address to the INSNA Sunbelt Social Network Conference in
Cancun, February, 2003.   It was entitled "Connecting the Dots Without
Forgetting the Circles" by which I meant that everything scientists try
to study - everything material, everything biological, everything
socio-cultural - is organized in hierarchically structured networks
that, as Klarreich says, "display similar patterns, whether viewed from
up close or far away."  As you approach closer, the dots become circles,
and as you distance yourself the circles become dots.  Similar patterns
at each level of the hierarchy.
 The address is supposed to be published soon in CONNECTIONS, but you
can read some excerpts relevant to this issue at:
http://luna.cas.usf.edu/~wolfe/Excerpt-re-self-similarity.pdf
Or, if you want to read the whole thing, at
http://luna.cas.usf.edu/~wolfe/Wolfe2003-ConnectingDots&Circles.pdf
--Alvin
Alvin W. Wolfe Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Department of
Anthropology 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SOC107 University of South Florida
Tampa, FL  33620-8100   813-974-0794

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Hmm... I have real networks from real organizations that do NOT look
like this...

http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20050129/fob3.asp

Any other views?

Valdis

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