Network model miraculously untangles Facebook, hopes for more

Exhausted from favoriting wall posts from across Facebook, a mathematical model has finally untangled relationships on the social network. Amazingly, the new technique could be applied to analyze the spread of infectious disease or pandemics, or, though there are clear limits to the method, to understanding what happens in Congress. Those slim hopes rests on getting members to talk across the aisle.


With the new community detection method, researchers should be able to dig deeper to examine the relationships among different groups in dynamic, multiplex data. Identifying community structures in a network might help to model processes and provides a signal about the underlying system, such as legislative polarization or the influence of various factors and forces...