Leaving us in tiers: can homophily be used to generate tiering effects?

@article{Hirshman2011LeavingUI,
  title={Leaving us in tiers: can homophily be used to generate tiering effects?},
  author={Brian R. Hirshman and Jesse St. Charles and Kathleen M. Carley},
  journal={Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory},
  year={2011},
  volume={17},
  pages={318-343}
}
Substantial evidence indicates that our social networks are divided into tiers in which people have a few very close social support group, a larger set of friends, and a much larger number of relatively distant acquaintances. Because homophily—the principle that like seeks like—has been suggested as a mechanism by which people interact, it may also provide a mechanism that generates such frequencies and distributions. However, our multi-agent simulation tool, Construct, suggests that a slight… CONTINUE READING