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The Structure of Complex NetworksTheory and Applications$
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Ernesto Estrada

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199591756

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591756.001.0001

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Social and economic networks

Social and economic networks

(p.399) 19 Social and economic networks
The Structure of Complex Networks

Ernesto Estrada

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses social and economic networks. It starts with an introduction to the problem of data collection and analysis in social sciences, and then discusses the global structural properties of social networks in a critical way. The chapter examines the causes of degree assortativity in social networks; social communities in different scenarios; the centrality of actors in social networks; the ‘robustness’ of the different centrality measures to incorrect or incomplete data; and the problem of intercorrelation between centrality measures. The last section of the chapter is dedicated to the study of economic networks, in particular to the analysis of a very large trade network in Japan, as well as an international trade network of miscellaneous items.

Keywords:   social networks, trade networks, actor centrality, corporation networks, world trade network, social network assortativity, social communities

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