Category Archives: Network Dynamics

Network Data Collections

Thanks to a stocnet user, this list of useful network data repositories came along.

I added them to my Diigo list of sna and data.



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Chain letters explained… – News – How Did That Chain Letter Get To My Inbox? – US National Science Foundation NSF
Everyone who has an e-mail account has probably received a forwarded chain letter promising good luck if the message is forwarded on to others–or terrible misfortune if it isnt. The sheer volume of forwarded messages such as chain letters, online petitions, jokes and other materials leads to a simple question–how do these messages reach so many people so quickly?

The NSF research by Jon Kleinberg (From Six Degrees book) and David Liben-Nowell (from Carleton!) has an interesting answer.  It seems that online petitions follow quite circuitous routes and do not spread virally (each recipient spawning new ones) at all.  Key nodes are critical making the whole process quite resistant to prediction and intervention.  Bad news for people selling you the Dummies Guide to Viral Marketing.

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Research Ideas for My Students

Hello folks. This is by no means a comprehensive set of resources. It more reflects sources that seemed to be of interest to two or more of you AND that I thought might not jump out at you as pertinent. It is a mix of search terms, blogs, or alternative media.

EVERYONE should make an appointment with a Bucknell research librarian.

Mob Mentality

□ See Swarm intelligence as a search term. Also this book and tool.

□ See Smart Mobs as a search term. Also, this site and book.

How context shapes roles

Stanford Prison Experiment

How social network effects company

□ Work by Rob Cross

David Krackhardt

David Obstfeld

How brekatoroughs happen…

□ Blogs: Search them for your topics.






Saddam Hussein and his network

RAND corporation



Experts on torture

A historian of torture

Overview of news on detainees

Financial Bubbles…

Bill Moyers with Kuttner

Interviews with Greenspan

Greespan debate Naomi Klein, a critic (bubbles and feds role comes up)
Fanatic communities


Org theory post

Size of communties

Gore-Tex maker


No logo– a critical assessment of advertising and capitalism.

Viral garden blog



Cobra II

Assassin’s Gate

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In Watts’ Six Degees there is a description of the great tulip craze of 1634 in the Netherlands.    One bulb fetches an extraordinary amount of value: armor, a complete bed, a ton of beer and a last of wheat and a last of rye, among other things.

It has been bugging me.  A last, acccoridng to the OED is:

2. A commercial denomination of weight, capacity, or quantity, varying for different kinds of goods and in different localities. Cf. G. last.
Originally the ‘last’ must have been the quantity carried at one time by the vehicle (boat, wagon, etc.) ordinarily used for the particular kind of merchandise. As a weight, it is often stated to be (like the Ger. weight of the same name) nominally equivalent either to 2 tons or to 4,000 lbs. In wool weight it is 4368 lbs. (= 12 sacks). A last of gunpowder is said to be 2,400 lbs. (= 24 barrels), and of feathers or flax 1,700 lbs.

The equivalence of the last of wool with 12 sacks seems to have led to an association of the word with the
number twelve. Thus a last of hides was formerly 12 dozen (also 20 dickers of 10 hides each); of beer 12 barrels; of pitch 12 (sometimes 14) barrels; of cod and herrings 12 barrels (but of red herrings and pilchards 10,000 to 13,200 fish).
As a measure for grain and malt, the last was in the 16th c. 12 quarters, but is now 10 quarters = 80 bushels.

That is one hell of a financial bubble!

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Organization Science Winter Conference

Back in February, I went to OSWC XIII.

This is one of my favorite conferences. This was my second time. Two years ago I went and saw Stewart Clegg preside as the “judge” in a mock trial of epistemology and objective knowledge with Bill McKelvey arguing for realism and Ralph Stablein arguing for the reflexive skepticism of a post-modern/constuctionist perspective. I remember it being utterly playful and profound.

The conference focuses on dialog and relationship-building. For example, breakfast, lunch and dinner are with participants. The main presentation are poster sessions from 6-9 with lots or hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, and there is lots of skiing and chats on the ski lifts. At my poster session, people stayed until 10 chatting while the bulletin boards were being pulled down.

The focus this year was on technology and innovation. I did a poster about using SIENA to study idea diffusion and idea quality conjointly with endogenous network effects (like reciprocity). I’ll blog more about this one of these days.

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