Sunday, November 16, 2008

#60 Introduction to Network Science

Network science is a new and emerging scientific discipline that examines the interconnections among diverse physical, informational, biological, cognitive, and social networks. This field of science seeks to discover common principles, algorithms and tools that govern network behavior. The National Research Council defines Network Science as “the organized knowledge of networks based on their study using the scientific method.” (Wikipedia)

This introductory episode brings forth the following topics:

  • What is network science?
  • Structure of a network
    • Nodes, links, clusters, weak links, hubs
    • Examples of clusters and the power of the weak link
  • The power of the weak link
    • Making connections
    • Interested vs. Interesting
    • Having / making friends
    • Interviewing for a job
    • Finding your love
  • The Power Law
    • The “80-20 rule” (or “90-10 rule”)
    • Examples – wealth distribution, biggest players in a market, etc.
    • Leveraging the power law
  • The first mover advantage

[techtags: Network Science, power law, weak link, networks, connections, links, hub]

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