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its important perhaps to clarify at some point that the 'computational ability ' to analyse them was not just a matter of cpu power increase, but also the appropriate scaling of statistical and computer science methods to cope with large datasets.  


On 14 June 2013 20:53, Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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Science 14 June 2013:
Vol. 340 no. 6138 pp. 1272-1272
DOI:10.1126/science.340.6138.1272

Network analysis blossomed well before the physicists came lately to the field in the 1990s.  By the 1970s, social network analysis had a professional society with 700 members and a lively annual conference in the U.S. or Europe. Much good research, theorizing and methods were done, resulting in the current NSA activity, for better or worse. The key as you note, was the recent development of big data sets and computational ability to analyze them.


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