Simmelian backbones: Amplifying hidden homophily in Facebook networks

@article{Nick2013SimmelianBA,
  title={Simmelian backbones: Amplifying hidden homophily in Facebook networks},
  author={Bobo Nick and Conrad Lee and Padraig Cunningham and Ulrik Brandes},
  journal={2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2013)},
  year={2013},
  pages={525-532}
}
Empirical social networks are often aggregate proxies for several heterogeneous relations. In online social networks, for instance, interactions related to friendship, kinship, business, interests, and other relationships may all be represented as catchall "friendships." Because several relations are mingled into one, the resulting networks exhibit relatively high and uniform density. As a consequence, the variation in positional differences and local cohesion may be too small for reliable… CONTINUE READING
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