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The Laws of the Web: Patterns in the Ecology of Information

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  • Bernardo A. Huberman

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    (Hewlett-Packard Laboratories)

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    Despite its haphazard growth, the Web hides powerful underlying regularities--from the organization of its links to the patterns found in its use by millions of users. Many of these regularities have been predicted on the basis of theoretical models based on a field of physics--statistical mechanics--that few would have thought applicable to the social domain. In this book Bernardo Huberman explains in accessible language the laws of the Web. One of the foremost researchers in the field, Huberman has established, for example, that the surfing patterns of individuals are describable by a precise law. Such findings can lead to more efficient Web design and use. They also shed light on social mechanisms whose significance goes beyond the Web. In this sense, the Web is a gigantic informational ecosystem that can be used to quantify and test explanations of human behavior and social interaction.

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    This book is provided by The MIT Press in its series MIT Press Books with number 0262582252 and published in 2003.

    Volume: 1
    Edition: 1
    ISBN: 0-262-58225-2
    Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262582252

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    Keywords: statistical mechanics; the Web; informational ecosystem;

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    1. Boppart, Timo & Staub, Kevin, 2012. "Online accessibility of academic articles and the diversity of economics," Annual Conference 2012 (Goettingen): New Approaches and Challenges for the Labor Market of the 21st Century 62040, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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