# Modeling acquaintance networks based on balance theory

Vida Vukašinović; Jurij Šilc; Riste Škrekovski

International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (2014)

- Volume: 24, Issue: 3, page 683-696
- ISSN: 1641-876X

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topVida Vukašinović, Jurij Šilc, and Riste Škrekovski. "Modeling acquaintance networks based on balance theory." International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science 24.3 (2014): 683-696. <http://eudml.org/doc/271868>.

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abstract = {An acquaintance network is a social structure made up of a set of actors and the ties between them. These ties change dynamically as a consequence of incessant interactions between the actors. In this paper we introduce a social network model called the Interaction-Based (IB) model that involves well-known sociological principles. The connections between the actors and the strength of the connections are influenced by the continuous positive and negative interactions between the actors and, vice versa, the future interactions are more likely to happen between the actors that are connected with stronger ties. The model is also inspired by the social behavior of animal species, particularly that of ants in their colony. A model evaluation showed that the IB model turned out to be sparse. The model has a small diameter and an average path length that grows in proportion to the logarithm of the number of vertices. The clustering coefficient is relatively high, and its value stabilizes in larger networks. The degree distributions are slightly right-skewed. In the mature phase of the IB model, i.e., when the number of edges does not change significantly, most of the network properties do not change significantly either. The IB model was found to be the best of all the compared models in simulating the e-mail URV (University Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona) network because the properties of the IB model more closely matched those of the e-mail URV network than the other models.},

author = {Vida Vukašinović, Jurij Šilc, Riste Škrekovski},

journal = {International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science},

keywords = {social network; small world; balance theory; pheromone infrastructure},

language = {eng},

number = {3},

pages = {683-696},

title = {Modeling acquaintance networks based on balance theory},

url = {http://eudml.org/doc/271868},

volume = {24},

year = {2014},

}

TY - JOUR

AU - Vida Vukašinović

AU - Jurij Šilc

AU - Riste Škrekovski

TI - Modeling acquaintance networks based on balance theory

JO - International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

PY - 2014

VL - 24

IS - 3

SP - 683

EP - 696

AB - An acquaintance network is a social structure made up of a set of actors and the ties between them. These ties change dynamically as a consequence of incessant interactions between the actors. In this paper we introduce a social network model called the Interaction-Based (IB) model that involves well-known sociological principles. The connections between the actors and the strength of the connections are influenced by the continuous positive and negative interactions between the actors and, vice versa, the future interactions are more likely to happen between the actors that are connected with stronger ties. The model is also inspired by the social behavior of animal species, particularly that of ants in their colony. A model evaluation showed that the IB model turned out to be sparse. The model has a small diameter and an average path length that grows in proportion to the logarithm of the number of vertices. The clustering coefficient is relatively high, and its value stabilizes in larger networks. The degree distributions are slightly right-skewed. In the mature phase of the IB model, i.e., when the number of edges does not change significantly, most of the network properties do not change significantly either. The IB model was found to be the best of all the compared models in simulating the e-mail URV (University Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona) network because the properties of the IB model more closely matched those of the e-mail URV network than the other models.

LA - eng

KW - social network; small world; balance theory; pheromone infrastructure

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