Social Measures and Flexible Navigation on Online Contact Networks

8 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2007

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Nikolaos Korfiatis

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Norwich Business School

Miguel-Angel Sicilia

Univ. of Alcala - Department of Computer Science

Date Written: February 21, 2007

Abstract

This paper discusses ways of navigating online contact networks - networks of social connections defined under a relational context - on a way that can provide more meaningful information to those that use them. We use the concept of social distance to address the different levels of social information and express the subjective vagueness in social ties by means of fuzzy numbers. The implementation of an algorithm for measuring prestige based on such vague estimations is reported. For the sake of illustration, a numerical example using a fuzzy graph is provided in which the strength or weakness of the connections is defined as a fuzzy number.

Keywords: Social Networks, Weak Ties, Fuzzy Set Theory

JEL Classification: Z13

Suggested Citation

Korfiatis, Nikolaos and Sicilia, Miguel-Angel, Social Measures and Flexible Navigation on Online Contact Networks (February 21, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=963424 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.963424

Nikolaos Korfiatis (Contact Author)

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Norwich Business School ( email )

Norwich
NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Miguel-Angel Sicilia

Univ. of Alcala - Department of Computer Science ( email )

Ctra. Barcelona km. 33.6
Alcala de Henares, 28871
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.cc.uah.es/msicilia

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