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Is anything wrong with these conclusions from a SNA perspective?

Are there multiple scenarios to their question of "WHY??"

> He used as an example the data from ‘a mobile network we have access  
> to’ – since he chose not to obscure the numbers we know it’s  
> Indonesia-based – and explained that calls from the entire network  
> of 50 million subscribers had been processed, over a period of two  
> weeks, to produce a database of eight billion or so ‘events’.  
> Everyone on a network, he said, is part of a group; most groups talk  
> to other groups, creating a spider’s web of interactions. Of the 50  
> million subscribers ThorpeGlen processed, 48 million effectively  
> belonged to ‘one large group’: they called one another, or their  
> friends called friends of their friends; this set of people was  
> dismissed. A further 400,000 subscriptions could be attributed to a  
> few large ‘nodes’, with numbers belonging to call centres, shops and  
> information services. The remaining groups ranged in size from two  
> to 142 subscribers. Members of these groups only ever called each  
> other – clear evidence of antisocial behaviour – and, in one extreme  
> case, a group was identified in which all the subscribers only ever  
> called a single number at the centre of the web. This section of the  
> ThorpeGlen presentation ended with one word: ‘WHY??’
>
> Once you’ve found your terrorist...


-- quoted from http://www.lrb.co.uk/v30/n16/soar01_.html

> alchemy --
> 1.  A medieval chemical philosophy having as its asserted aims the  
> transmutation of base metals into gold, the discovery of the  
> panacea, and the preparation of the elixir of longevity.
> 2.  A seemingly magical power or process of transmuting

-- quoted from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/alchemy

Valdis

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