Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Futures of Social Networks: Where Are Trends Heading?

  • Jörg Raab
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_64




Relationship between a pair of actors. Can be existent or nonexistent (empty dyad)

Engineered networks

Networks that are consciously created and have common goals. Participants have a mutual awareness or even a common identity as network members (see Doz et al. 2000)


Often also called edge or relation. Next to node, the basic building block of social networks. Links can be directed (have a sender and receiver) or undirected. Links have a certain content (transaction relations, communication, boundary penetration relations, instrumental relations, sentiment relations, authority/power relations, kinship, and descent relations) and a form (intensity or strength of the link, level of joint involvement) (see also Knoke and Kuklinski 1982). Relationships can be uniplex (one type of tie) or multiplex (at least two types of ties between two actors)

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Organization StudiesTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Talel Abdessalem
    • 1
  • Rokia Missaoui
    • 2
  1. 1.telecom-paristechParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversité du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)GatineauCanada