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

Robert Ackland () and Jamsheed Shorish ()

No 218, Economics Series from Institute for Advanced Studies

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.

Keywords: Network formation; Social network analysis; Blogosphere; VOSON; Agentbased simulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D85 C63 L86 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 14 pages
Date: 2007-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cmp, nep-net and nep-soc
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