Cascading Behaviour in Complex Socio-Technical Networks

Journal of Complex Networks, 2013, Forthcoming

23 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2013 Last revised: 27 Mar 2013

Javier Borge-Holthoefer

Qatar Computing Research Institute

Raquel A. Baños

University of Zaragoza

Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon

University of Pennsylvania - Annenberg School for Communication

Yamir Moreno

University of Zaragoza

Date Written: March 22, 2013

Abstract

Most human interactions today take place with the mediation of ICTs. This is extending the boundaries of interdependence: the group of reference, ideas, and behaviour to which people are exposed is larger and less restricted to old geographical and cultural boundaries; but it is also providing more and better data with which to build more informative models on the effects of social interactions, amongst them, the way in which contagion and cascades diffuse in social networks. Online data are not only helping us gain deeper insights into the structural complexity of social systems; they are also illuminating the consequences of that complexity, especially around collective and temporal dynamics. This paper offers an overview of the models and applications that have been developed in what is still a nascent area of research, as well as an outline of immediate lines of work that promise to open new vistas in our understanding of cascading behaviour in social networks.

Keywords: contagion, diffusion, social influence, computational social science, big data

Suggested Citation

Borge-Holthoefer, Javier and Baños, Raquel A. and Gonzalez-Bailon, Sandra and Moreno, Yamir, Cascading Behaviour in Complex Socio-Technical Networks (March 22, 2013). Journal of Complex Networks, 2013, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2237963 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2237963

Javier Borge-Holthoefer (Contact Author)

Qatar Computing Research Institute ( email )

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Raquel A. Baños

University of Zaragoza ( email )

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Zaragoza, 50005
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Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon

University of Pennsylvania - Annenberg School for Communication ( email )

Philadelphia, PA
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.asc.upenn.edu/sgonzalezbailon/

Yamir Moreno

University of Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

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