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Complex Network Analysis in Python by Dmitry Zinoviev

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Recognize Communication Networks

For most of the world, a communication network is an electrical (digital or analog) circuitry that connects terminal communication equipment, such as wired and cellular phones, computers, modems, TV sets and cable boxes, and the like. Not so in social network analysis.

A social communication network is a social network where the edges represent a communication relation: “channels through which messages may be transmitted” [KY08]. In other words, two actors are adjacent if they directly communicate or have a propensity for direct communication. The communication medium is not of our concern: it could be face-to-face, verbal over a phone, email, Internet chat, prison tap code, paper “snail mail,” or even carrier ...

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