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Complex Social Networks


Part of Econometric Society Monographs

  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521674096

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  • This 2007 book provides a systematic and self-contained account of the fast-developing theory of complex social networks. Social networks are central to the understanding of most socio-economic phenomena in the modern world. The classical approach to studying them relies on a methodology that abstracts from their size and complexity. In contrast, the approach taken in this book keeps complexity at the core, whilst integrating it with the incentive considerations that are preeminent in traditional economic analysis. The treatment starts with a detailed discussion of the basic models that act as 'benchmarks' for the complex-network literature: random networks, small worlds, and scale-free networks, before studying three different forces that underlie almost all network phenomena in social contexts: diffusion, search, and play. Finally, these forces are combined into a unified framework that is brought to bear on the issue of network formation and the coevolution of agents' behaviour and their pattern of interaction.

    • Systematic and self-contained account of the modern theory of complex networks
    • Ideal for economists and other social scientists who want to become familiar with the complex-network literature but lack the technical background
    • Useful to other scientists who may have the technical background but lack the perspective on the study of social phenomena
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521674096
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 148 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Complex networks: basic theory
    3. Epidemic diffusion
    4. Neighborhood effects in diffusion and play
    5. Searching in social networks
    6. Search, diffusion, and play in coevolving networks
    Appendix A. Generating functions
    Appendix B. The Ising model
    Appendix C. Mean-field theory.

  • Author

    Fernando Vega-Redondo, Universidad de Alicante
    Fernando Vega-Redondo is Professor of Economics at the University of Alicante, Spain and the University of Essex, UK. He also taught at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and has held visiting positions at Harvard University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of California-San Diego, Boston University and Cornell University. Professor Vega-Redondo is the author of Economics and the Theory of Games (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Evolution, Games, and Economic Behavior (1996). He has written more than 70 articles in professional journals, including the Journal of Economic Theory, Econometrica, International Economic Review, and Games and Economic Behavior. Professor Vega-Redondo received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1984.

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