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Michael:

A few of Damon Centola's papers seem very relevant for what you are seeking.  See http://dcentola.scripts.mit.edu/docs/Centola%20and%20Macy%20Complex%20Contagion.pdf, http://dcentola.scripts.mit.edu/docs/Centola%20et%20al%20ComplexPropagation.pdf, and  http://dcentola.scripts.mit.edu/docs/Centola%20Spread%20of%20Behavior.pdf.  Also relevant are this paper by David Lazer and Allan Friedman (http://www.atypon-link.com/JGSCU/doi/abs/10.2189/asqu.52.4.667)  and this paper of mine with Ray Reagans (http://web.mit.edu/ewzucker/www/A_ShortCut_to_Efficiency.pdf)


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From: Social Networks Discussion Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michael Haenlein
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2011 4:48 AM
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Subject: Realism of Watts-Strogatz model

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Dear all,

I am currently working on a manuscript that relies on an agent-based model simulation. To simulate different network structures I am using the algorithm proposed by Watts and Strogatz (1998) as implemented in the igraph package in R (function: watts.strogatz.game).

In order to position the manuscript correctly, I would need to show that a Watts-Strogatz model
(a) can be used as an approximation of a real life network and
(b) has previously been used successfully in agent-based models.

I'm therefore looking for references that
(a) either assess the fit of a Watts-Strogatz model based on real-life network data (and show it fits well) and/ or
(b) have used a Watts-Strogatz model for some agent-based model simulation.

If you know of any references that fit into these two categories, I would love to hear about them!

Thanks very much for your help in advance,

Michael


Watts, Duncan J. and Steven H. Strogatz (1998), "Collective dynamics of small-world networks," Nature, 393 (6684), 440 - 42


Michael Haenlein
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