Computational Social Science

Nature has published a fascinating article offering insight into our minds and the mechanisims of today’s socially connected world.

Computational social science: Making the links by Jim Giles, explores factors which influence the way we communicate. From e-mails to social networks, the digital traces left by life in the modern world are transforming social science.

What drives the formation of personal relationships? Is their a sophisticated mathematical equation underlying our networking preferences?

How do weak ties act as social bridges?

And what of the economic link? Is there a powerful correlation between the diversity of individuals’ relationships and economic development: the richer and more varied their connections, the richer their communities?

Read the full article to find out!

Reference: Nature 488, 448–450 (23 August 2012) doi:10.1038/488448

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