Media Arts and Sciences | IAP 2004 | MAS 965
Sandy Pentland, Nathan Eagle and Cameron Marlow
Tuesday/Thursday | January 13-29 | 3-5pm | E15-335
From sexual networks to filesharing, genetics to leaders of business organizations, researchers have started to recognize a pervasive characteristic of networks across a variety of disciplines. The term "power law" has come to describe the organizing principle that very few nodes will maintain a large percentage of the links in a network. The ubiquity of power laws has been interpreted as a revelation that touches almost all fields; as a result a large number of papers have been written on this topic in a short period of time. This class aims to review the literature central to the study of power laws and give attention to the question of whether this theory is here to stay.
Clay Shirky 2/8/03 Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality