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Self-organization leads to hierarchical modularity in an internet community

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Many naturally-occurring networks share topological characteristics such as scale-free connectivity and a modular organization. It has recently been suggested that a hierarchically modular organization may be another such ubiquitous characteristic. In this paper we introduce a coherence metric for the quantification of structural modularity, and use this metric to demonstrate that a self-organized social network derived from Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel interactions exhibits measurable hierarchical modularity, reflecting an underlying hierarchical neighbourhood structure in the social network.

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Author(s): Hallinan J

Editor(s): Palade, V., Howlett, R.J., Jain, L.C.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 7th International Conference on Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems (KES)

Year of Conference: 2003

Pages: 914-920

ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print) 1611-3349 (Online)

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-45224-9_122

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Series Title: Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence

ISBN: 9783540408031