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Titre du document / Document title

The role of metanetworks in network evolution

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

WILLER Robb (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, California, ETATS-UNIS

Résumé / Abstract

The question of what structures of relations between actors emerge in the evolution of social networks is of fundamental sociological interest. The present research proposes that processes of network evolution can be usefully conceptualized in terms of a network of networks, or "metanetwork," wherein networks that are one link manipulation away from one another are connected. Moreover, the geography of metanetworks has real effects on the course of network evolution. Specifically, both equilibrium and non-equilibrium networks located in more desirable regions of the metanetwork are found to be more probable. These effects of metanetwork geography are illustrated by two dynamic network models: one in which actors pursue access to unique information through "structural holes," and the other in which actors pursue access to valid information by minimizing path length. Finally, I discuss future directions for modeling network dynamics in terms of metanetworks.

Revue / Journal Title

The Journal of mathematical sociology    ISSN  0022-250X 

Source / Source

American-Japanese Joint Conference on Mathematical Sociology No3, Sapporo , JAPON (2005)
2007, vol. 31, no 2, pp. 97-204 [Document : 19 p.] (2 p.1/4), [Notes: notes dissem., Selected papers], pp. 101-119 [19 page(s) (article)]

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

Taylor & Francis, Philadelphia, PA, ETATS-UNIS  (1971) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Social structure


Social network




Mathematical Sociology


Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Structure sociale


Réseau social




Sociologie mathématique


Mots-clés d'auteur / Author Keywords

mathematical sociology




network dynamics


network evolution


social network analysis


social structure


Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 22248, 35400014958996.0020

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 18829373

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