Estimating the strength of ties in communication networks with a small number of users

Jamie Banford, Alisdair Mcdiarmid, James Irvine

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An accurate method of estimating the tie strengths of mobile phone users will enable the development of socially-aware mobile applications. The strength of ties between mobile phone users can be estimated for large numbers of users by using the aggregated call duration as a proxy for tie strength. This paper investigates appropriate proxies for tie strength in a network of less than one hundred people. We find that aggregated call duration is a reasonable proxy for tie strength for a small number of users, as is total call count, and that aggregated proximity duration and total proximity count are also approximate proxies for tie strength.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings from the 6th International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Communications (ICWMC), 2010
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-8021-0
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2010


  • context
  • mobile communication
  • software
  • social network services
  • mobile handsets
  • mobile computing
  • data mining


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