Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

History of Networks at Columbia University

  • Charles Kadushin
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_72


Personal influence

Effect of another on a person taking an action

Role set

All the instituted relations that accompany a given status


A graphic way of depicting relationships

Status set

All the statuses that accompany a given ego


Social network: a social network is a set of relationships between social objects – such as people, organizations, or nations.

Social Networks at Columbia (1930–1970)

Social networks have five ideas that have had a somewhat independent development. First, networks involve systematic data collection that shows how one “node” – such as a person, an organization, or a society – is connected to other such nodes. Second is tracking the flows – for example, email, influence, trade, or love – through these networks. Third, social networks have graphic images. Fourth, there are mathematical or computational models that express the relationships that underlie the ability to make visual displays. Finally, tying all this together is a...

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Recommended Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish StudiesBrandeis UniversityWalthamUSA

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