***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Peter: How are you defining "field" and "network" in this context? These sound trivial, but (based on my own research and others at UC Irvine) they're actually fundamental questions whose answers are not obvious. "Field" could mean "those who publish in a set of specific journals" but then you may have eliminated at least some of those who are doing work in new areas within that field. (Are the various physicists who are writing papers on social network analysis topics still in the field of physics--that is, has the field expanded or have those authors started doing work in a new one?) Similarly, are two people connected if they published together last year? How about 10 years ago? 20? Does it matter how many papers they've written together (and when)? Does the number of collaborators (on each paper in common) matter? (Some physics papers have literally hundreds of co-authors...) Here are a couple of references of possible interest: J. O'Madadhain, J. Hutchins, and P. Smyth. Prediction and ranking algorithms for event-based network data. SIGKDD Explorations, 7(2). J. O'Madadhain and P. Smyth. EventRank: A framework for ranking time-varying networks. Third International Workshop on Link Discovery (LinkKDD'05), August 2005. You should also check out the work of Padhraic Smyth and Mark Steyvers (and their collaborators) at UC Irvine; I don't have references handy but they've published several papers on topics that relate to this. Hope this helps-- Joshua O'Madadhain On Jan 28, 2008 5:05 PM, Peter Carrington <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > I am working with some colleagues on a proposal for a study of the > published research on gambling and the community of researchers who do > this research. > > Our hypothesis, or speculation, is that a field that has been operating > for a long time – e.g., Physics – is more likely to have stable, dense > networks and otherwise characteristic patterns of collaboration and > citation than a field that has been operating for a short time. > > Any suggestions re literature relevant to this topic would be greatly > appreciated. > > Best, Peter Carrington > > _____________________________________________________________________ > 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. > -- email@example.com...................www.ics.uci.edu/~jmadden Joshua O'Madadhain: Information Scientist, Musician, Philosopher-At-Tall It's that moment of dawning comprehension that I live for. -- Bill Watterson My opinions are too rational and insightful to be those of any organization. _____________________________________________________________________ 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.