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Temporal Patterns of Communication in Social Networks

Authors: Miritello, Giovanna

  • Nominated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis
  • Reveals new and unexpected features of how complex social networks develop over time
  • Based on data mining of massive records of telephone connections
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The main interest of this research has been in understanding and characterizing large networks of human interactions as continuously changing objects. In fact, although many real social networks are dynamic networks whose elements and properties continuously change over time, traditional approaches to social network analysis are essentially static, thus neglecting all temporal aspects. Specifically, we have investigated the role that temporal patterns of human interaction play in three main fields of social network analysis and data mining: characterization of time (or attention) allocation in social networks, prediction of link decay/persistence, and information spreading. In order to address this we analyzed large anonymized data sets of phone call communication traces over long periods of time. Access to these observations was granted by Telefonica Research, Spain. The findings that emerge from our research indicate that the observed heterogeneities and correlations of human temporal patterns of interaction significantly affect the traditional view of social networks, shifting from a very steady to a highly complex entity. Since structure and dynamics are tightly coupled, they cannot be disentangled in the analysis and modeling of human behavior, though traditional models seek to do so. Our results impact not only the way in which social network are traditionally characterized, but more importantly also the understanding and modeling phenomena such as group formation, spread of epidemics, and the dissemination of ideas, opinions and information.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction and Motivations

    Miritello, Giovanna

    Pages 1-8

  • Social and Communication Networks

    Miritello, Giovanna

    Pages 9-44

  • Social Strategies in Communication Networks

    Miritello, Giovanna

    Pages 45-84

  • Predicting Tie Creation and Decay

    Miritello, Giovanna

    Pages 85-106

  • Information Spreading on Communication Networks

    Miritello, Giovanna

    Pages 107-130

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Hardcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Temporal Patterns of Communication in Social Networks
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00110-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00110-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-00109-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-03341-9
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 153
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