The spatial context of the small-world problem
Simulating the small-world problem from the conventional viewpoint of a stochastic process operating over a deterministic space is questioned. For a variety of microsocial phenomena, it is suggested that a more appropriate strategy may be to conceive the process in terms of percolation models rather than generalized diffusion models. The distinctions between the two are described and some salient characteristics of percolation processes are briefly reviewed.
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