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Collective dynamics of ‘small-world’ networks
We explore simple models of networks that can be tuned through this middle ground: regular networks ‘rewired’ to introduce increasing amounts of disorder. Expand
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Random graphs with arbitrary degree distributions and their applications.
Recent work on the structure of social networks and the internet has focused attention on graphs with distributions of vertex degree that are significantly different from the Poisson degreeExpand
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A simple model of global cascades on random networks
  • D. Watts
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 30 April 2002
The origin of large cascades that are triggered by small initial shocks is a phenomenon that manifests itself as diversely as cultural fads, collective action, the diffusion of norms and innovations, and cascading failures in infrastructure and organizational networks. Expand
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Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness
small worlds the dynamics of networks between order and. download small worlds the dynamics of networks between. small worlds and the dynamics of networks. small world networks oxford handbooks.Expand
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Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age
  • D. Watts
  • Computer Science, Engineering
  • 2003
We all live in tightly bonded social networks, yet linked to vast numbers of other people more closely than we sometimes think. Expand
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Everyone's an influencer: quantifying influence on twitter
We investigate the attributes and relative influence of 1.6M Twitter users by tracking 74 million diffusion events that took place on the Twitter follower graph over a two month interval in 2009. Expand
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Networks, Dynamics, and the Small‐World Phenomenon1
  • D. Watts
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 September 1999
The small‐world phenomenon formalized in this article as the coincidence of high local clustering and short global separation, is shown to be a general feature of sparse, decentralized networks thatExpand
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Influentials, Networks, and Public Opinion Formation
A central idea in marketing and diffusion research is that influentials—a minority of individuals who influence an exceptional number of their peers—are important to the formation of public opinion.Expand
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Experimental Study of Inequality and Unpredictability in an Artificial Cultural Market
Hit songs, books, and movies are many times more successful than average, suggesting that “the best” alternatives are qualitatively different from “the rest”; yet experts routinely fail to predictExpand
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Financial incentives and the "performance of crowds"
We find that increased financial incentives increase the quantity, but not the quality, of work performed by participants, where the difference appears to be due to an "anchoring" effect: workers who were paid more also perceived the value of their work to be greater, and thus were no more motivated than workers paid less. Expand
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