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Social Network Theory put to the Test: University of Pennsylvania Computer Scientists | Technology News Daily

author Posted by: jackvinson on date Aug 13th, 2006 | filed Filed under: my Blogs

Technology News Daily describes work done at my PhD alma mater: Social Network Theory put to the Test: University of Pennsylvania Computer Scientists:

Ever since 1969, when psychologists Jeffery Travers and Stanley Milgram first explained that everyone was separated by only six connections from anyone else, researchers have created theoretical models of the networks that societies create. Now, computer scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science have devised an ingenious experiment to put such theories to the test.

The findings, which appear today in the journal Science, have implications for many forms of social interaction, from disaster management to how many friends connect to your MySpace page. The Penn researchers have found that some of the simplest social networks function the most poorly and that information beyond a local view of the network can actually hinder the ability of some complicated social networks to accomplish tasks.

[linked by Emily Turrettini at Smart Mobs]

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