Do Friends-of-Friends Become Friends?

Alexander Vassilios Mantzaris, Desmond Higham

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Social scientists have hypothesised that new social contacts
arise preferentially between those who currently share neighbours:
friends-of-friends have an increased chance of becoming
friends. Such a triadic closure eect was quantied
through an evolving network model in [Bistability through
triadic closure, P. Grindrod, D. J. Higham and M. C. Parsons,
Internet Mathematics, to appear]. Here we show how
this mathematical model can be used in order to develop a
statistical test for the presence of triadic closure in a large
scale evolving network. This new tool has the potential to
help our understanding of online social interaction and also
to predict future network behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2012


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