Event sequences as generators of social network evolution

  title={Event sequences as generators of social network evolution},
  author={Patrick Doreian},
  journal={Social Networks},
The argument presented in this paper is that one fruitful approach to the study of social network evolution takes the form of examining event sequences as generating mechanisms. Evidence for this comes from two empirical studies of structural balance theory and one simulation study of balance theoretic processes. Four views of causality—system, statistical (predictive), mechanism and algorithmic—are briefly contrasted and then examined with structural balance theory in mind. The conventional… CONTINUE READING