Mathematics Colloquium

October 1, 2013
"Follow Thy Neighbor: Connecting the Social and the Spatial on Twitter"
Dr. Stephens will compare social and spatial properties of Twitter networks. Using a comprehensive analysis of network density and transitivity, she reveals a relationship between network size, network strength, and spatial clustering. Twitter networks are more effective at transmitting information at local levels.  For example local triadic connections are much more likely to be transitive than non-local networks.  It appears that even as technologies such as Twitter enable larger volumes of interaction between spaces, these interactions do not result in new social patterns. Instead they simply replicate existing arrangements.

Pre-Colloquium Tea on the third floor of the BSS Building at 3:30 p.m.

For further information, contact the Department of Mathematics, ext. 3143.

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