Applying Relation Algebra and Relview to Measures in a Social Network
University of Kiel
University of Lyon 2 - Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE)
Harrie De Swart
Tilburg University - Department of Philosophy
January 1, 2009
GATE Working Paper No. 09-02
We present an application of relation algebra to measure players' 'strength' in a social network with influence between players. In particular, we deal with power, success, and influence of a player as measured by the Hoede-Bakker index, its generalization and modifications, and by the influence indices. We also apply relation algebra to determine followers of a coalition and the kernel of an influence function. This leads to specifications, which can be executed with the help of the BDDbased tool RelView after a simple translation into the tool's programming language. As an example we consider the present Dutch parliament.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: RelView, relation algebra, social network, the Hoede-Bakker index, influence index, follower, kernel
JEL Classification: C63, C88, D72, D85working papers series
Date posted: January 28, 2009 ; Last revised: April 15, 2011
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