Group formation in large social networks: membership, growth, and evolution

@inproceedings{Backstrom2006GroupFI,
  title={Group formation in large social networks: membership, growth, and evolution},
  author={Lars Backstrom and Daniel P. Huttenlocher and Jon M. Kleinberg and Xiangyang Lan},
  booktitle={KDD '06},
  year={2006}
}
The processes by which communities come together, attract new members, and develop over time is a central research issue in the social sciences - political movements, professional organizations, and religious denominations all provide fundamental examples of such communities. In the digital domain, on-line groups are becoming increasingly prominent due to the growth of community and social networking sites such as MySpace and LiveJournal. However, the challenge of collecting and analyzing large… 

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