Social scientists have hypothesised that new social contacts arise preferentially between those who currently share neighbours:friends-of-friends have an increased chance of becoming friends. Such a triadic closure eect was quantied through an evolving network model in [Bistability throughtriadic closure, P. Grindrod, D. J. Higham and M. C. Parsons,Internet Mathematics, to appear]. Here we show howthis mathematical model can be used in order to develop astatistical test for the presence of triadic closure in a largescale evolving network. This new tool has the potential tohelp our understanding of online social interaction and alsoto predict future network behaviour.
|Publication status||Published - 5 Nov 2012|