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Social Circles: A Simple Structure for Agent-Based Social Network Models

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    None of the standard network models fit well with sociological observations of real social networks. This paper presents a simple structure for use in agent-based models of large social networks. Taking the idea of social circles, it incorporates key aspects of large social networks such as low density, high clustering and assortativity of degree of connectivity. The model is very flexible and can be used to create a wide variety of artificial social worlds.

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    Article provided by Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation in its journal Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 3

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    Keywords: Social Networks; Personal Networks; Agent-Based Models;

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    4. Marcel Ausloos & Herbert Dawid & Ugo Merlone, 2014. "Spatial interactions in agent-based modeling," Papers 1405.0733, arXiv.org.
    5. Telcs, András & Csernai, Márton & Gulyás, András, 2013. "Load balanced diffusive capture process on homophilic scale-free networks," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 392(3), pages 510-519.
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    8. Georg Mueller, 2011. "Microsimulation of Virtual Encounters: A New Methodology for the Analysis of Socio-Cultural Cleavages," International Journal of Microsimulation, Interational Microsimulation Association, vol. 4(1), pages 21-34.

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