Psychometrika

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 219–228 | Cite as

On small world statistics

  • Stephen E. Fienberg
  • S. Keith Lee
Article

Abstract

Thesmall-world problem revolves around the tracing of a line of acquaintances linking any two persons chosen at random. This paper discusses the statistical analysis of data arising out of two experimental studies of the small-world problem. The estimation of parameters in two previously proposed models is discussed, and the goodness-of-fit of these models is considered.

Keywords

Experimental Study Public Policy Statistical Theory Small World World Statistic 

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Copyright information

© Psychometric Society 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen E. Fienberg
    • 1
  • S. Keith Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaUSA

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