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Network Formation in the Political Blogosphere. An Application of Agent Based Simulation and e-Research Tools

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  • Ackland, Robert

    (Australian Demographic and Social Institute, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)

  • Shorish, Jamsheed

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria)

Abstract

The political blogosphere has recently been the focus of attention for social network analysis and applications of network and graph theory. In a recent paper, Adamic and Glance (2005) report differences between the linking behavior of politically conservative vs. politically liberal Web bloggers. We construct a simple agent-based network formation model which shows that one such difference, demonstrating what we term ‘political homophily’, can be generated by connecting the blogosphere to the underlying population distribution of political preferences. The model is implemented as a web service in the e-tool VOSON (Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks), and both model and tool serve to define a natural environment for research into link formation behavior with large numbers of heterogeneous network participants.

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  • Ackland, Robert & Shorish, Jamsheed, 2007. "Network Formation in the Political Blogosphere. An Application of Agent Based Simulation and e-Research Tools," Economics Series 218, Institute for Advanced Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:218
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    Keywords

    Network formation; Social network analysis; Blogosphere; VOSON; Agentbased simulation;
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    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software

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