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Check out these visualizations of social networks. They are views of a Hungarian-only online social network community called wiw.hu.

The researcher, Daniel Varga, wrote me to tell me about them. He’s been doing extensive work analyzing the community that he’s visualized and notes that a power-law approach is not suitable for wiw.hu.

Totally fascinating. He’s working on a paper based on his experiments in case anyone is interested in speaking with him. He’s welcome to any feedback!

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3 comments to social networks vis

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  • You might want to check out this:

    http://xxx.soton.ac.uk/abs/cond-mat/0305580

    This is a paper on the above-mentioned wiw.hu by Gabor Csanyi and myself, written six months ago, with somewhat different conclusions from Daniel.
    At least at that time, wiw.hu DID have an approximately power-law distribution, cf. Fig. 1.
    of this paper.

  • Hi zephoria,
    check this out:

    http://xxx.soton.ac.uk/abs/cond-mat/0305580

    It’s a paper about wiw.hu, written about 6 months ago by my collegue Gabor Csanyi and myself. At least at that time, wiw.hu did actually have a reasonably convincing power law degree distribution (see Fig. 1. in the paper). We also modelled some aspects of wiw.hu, and the best model exhibited clear power law features.