Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

2009 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers (Editor-in-Chief)

Social Network Analysis, Large-Scale

  • Vladimir Batagelj
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30440-3_489

Definition of the Subject

network is based on two sets: a set of vertices (nodes), that represent the selected units, and a set of lines (links), thatrepresent ties between units. Each line has two vertices as its end‐points; ifthey are equal it is called a  loop . Vertices and lines forma  graph . A line can be directed – an arc , or undirected – an edge .

Additional data about vertices or lines are usually known – their properties (attributes). Forexample: name/label, type, value, position, … In general
$$ \text{Network $=$ Graph $+$ Data}\:. $$
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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladimir Batagelj
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  1. 1.University of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia