Deterministic Models of Social Networks,
WEST VIRGINIA UNIV MORGANTOWN DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
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This paper examines the problems of the generation of social physics, and describes the use of mathematical models in social network theory. It is shown that network theories are difficult to validate because of the large error in the data used to generate and confirm such theories. Some potential ways in which measurement error might be lessened are discussed. Five dynamic models of social networks are compared, with emphasis placed on their common assumptions. It would appear that social network models can be improved only if better measuring devices become available.
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