Blog 11: Scale free networks

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When reading Shirky’s article, Power Laws, weblogs, & inequality, it definitely felt a lot like watching Shirky’s Ted talk on how social media can make history. While the article and ted talk did have similarities, they did also have some differences between them. In power laws, weblogs & inequality, Shirky talks about how not everyone …

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Blog 10: Adolescent Delinquency

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Do high school and middle school friendships actually matter? Are the people in this photo below really able to make a lasting impact on one another? The following two articles offer a resounding yes to this question.  They use SNA methodologies to investigate crime and deviance in adolescent friendship networks. Haynie (2001) introduces the idea …

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Blog 9: A Serial Killer and Dark Networks

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The first article that I found that appied SNA to crime really piqued my interests.  Bichler, Lim, and Larkin (2012) sought to determine if SNA could offer a complementary theory and empirical methods to crime pattern theory  for linking people based on shared activities.  They believed that SNA could be applied to identifying relative suspects […]

Blog 10: Hackers and Smokers

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The first article used social network analysis to understand the network structure of the hacker group “Shadowcrew.” Due to rapid advancements in information technology, the authors were attempting to assess how hackers were interacting and communicating within this deviant group to develop their existing network structure. Research question:  The study had 4 research questions: 1. …

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Blog 10: Aberrants

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Detecting Criminal Organizations What better way to identify criminal networks than to use their communications against them? This is what forensic detectives in law enforcement have used to trace who knows who in the network and potentially identify the crime lord. Since criminals use mobile phones in this day-in-age, it allows detectives to track their …

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Blog 9: Team Cohesion and Peer Influence

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Article 1 Warner, Matthews, and Dixon (2012), sought to more fully understand the relationship between team cohesion and team performance.  In order to achieve this understanding, the study used SNA to look at the structural cohesiveness of two different women’s college basketball teams. At four different points during the basketball season, the team members completed […]