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Social network interventions in the space of topological relationships between communities

Corcoran, Padraig ORCID:, Reinecke, Philipp ORCID: and Innes, Martin ORCID: 2022. Social network interventions in the space of topological relationships between communities. Social Network Analysis and Mining 12 , 153. 10.1007/s13278-022-00976-8

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A social network intervention is a process of intentionally altering a social network to achieve an objective. The objective in question may concern accelerating behaviour change or improving organisational performance. In this work we propose a novel model of social network interventions which considers topological properties of relationships existing between communities. Broadly speaking, topological properties of such relationships include properties described by natural language descriptions such as contains, partial overlap and disjoint. The proposed model provides an abstraction which in many cases is useful for solving problems involving social network interventions. We demonstrate this by simulating interventions on a number of hypothetical and real social networks in the domains of health and security.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Crime and Security Research Institute (CSURI)
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1869-5450
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 October 2022
Date of Acceptance: 17 September 2022
Last Modified: 07 May 2023 17:29

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