Chapter 1

Ubiquity of Networks


We begin this chapter with an outline of underlying concepts and types of networks. Next, networks of people on popular social media such as Facebook are reviewed for social networking among people. Whereas networking relies on making and maintaining relationship networks, this book focuses on the science of all types of networks including human networking networks. There are static networks such as pixels on a digital image. States on a US map or a subway station map are man-made stationary networks. There are tangible, dynamic networks such as vehicles on roadways. There are intangible, implicit relationship networks in daily lives of people who may share similarity. A taxonomy puts networks in sharper ...

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