Web Graph Sociology Research Initiative

Research

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Seed Dependency
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Research Questions

Web graph research is currently at the exploratory stage. The bulk of our work involves generating graphs of targeted issues (for example: progressive left politics, electronic voting, privacy) and interpreting them. The majority of these graphs are static graphs, showing a snapshot of the network at a single point in time. We are also beginning to explore dynamic mapping, looking for signs of network growth and change over time.

In addition to this general exploratory work, we have been collecting data to answer questions about the relative objectivity of web graphs. Specifically, how dependent is the web graph on the seed URLs that are used to generate it? Some critics of web graph analysis have argued that observed network attributes, such as centrality, are determined by the chosen seed URLs and thus have little research value. Our research so far suggests that this criticism is unwarranted.

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