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Social Networks

  • Diane Prashad added an answer:
    Can anyone recommend literature on "ethnic knowledge"?

    I am doing research on migrants' social mobility in labour market and educational-occupational mismatch in migrants' population. Some of my respondents attain social mobility in  labour market by using their "ethnic knowledge" e.g. mother tongue, cultural knowledge of their country of origin, ethnic social networks etc. Can anyone recommend literature, research on that?

    Thank you very much in advance.

    Diane Prashad · The University of York

    Thats a very interesting topic, These should be helpful

    1.) The social mobility of immigrants and their children: Papademtriou

    2.) The Impact of Social Networks on the Occupational Status of Migrants : Mullan (1989)  

    3.) Social Mobility and Ethnic Minorities: Heath and Ridge  (2011).

    4.) The Economic Sociology of immigration: Essays on networks,ethnicity and entrepreneurship: Portes (1995)

  • Sajjad Hussain added an answer:
    I need questionnaire of social media about learning. Are you help me?

    I want the students to learn in the social network to examine.

    Sajjad Hussain · Government Of Pakistan

    Are you going to search about the media intermediation for learning or something else.Let me know the topic in full may be i may help you.

  • Gerry Fitzgerald added an answer:
    How could I create a social network environment in a research institution?

    I have done an analysis of the social interactions between peers of different areas in my institution and the problem is that the system and de culture doesn't allow collaboration. The question is how would you do to create a social network environment to heal communication and collaboration? 

    Gerry Fitzgerald · Southern New Hampshire University

    In some work cultures or environments people become complacent and develop a sense of apathy when it involves other workers and they just want to do their job and a computer based social network that you are proposing would appear to be platform for insubordination or a potential mutiny against your superiors.

    Have you spoken to management?

    They might not want to this to happen because of potential sabotage within the company.

    If they authorize it and you have their authorization first start with some type of in-person (if feasible) coffee collaborative meeting on a project you are working with the understanding (mandatory from management) that they will communicate. If you are familiar with Pythagoras you know that A² + B² = C², if one of you is A² and you are working on a novel drug treatment protocol for cancer and the other person has calculated B² then you might be on the short end of the assignment and they will (possibly) become very rich.  

  • Fredrick Ishengoma added an answer:
    Could you please recommend some good books for Social Computing, Mobile Computing, or Mobile Social Networking?

    Social Computing, Mobile Computing, or Mobile Social Networking

    Fredrick Ishengoma · Dodoma University

    Mahmoud, check out the following:

    1. Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, and Prediction by Huan Liu, John Salerno and Michael J. Young (Dec 2, 2010)
    2. Mobile Computing by Devi Kamal (Sep 3, 2012)
    3. Mobile Computing: Technology, Applications, and Service Creation (McGraw-Hill Communications Engineering) by Asoke K Talukder and Roopa Yavagal (Oct 26, 2006)
    4. Social Computing: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications
      By Subhasish Dasgupta
  • Massimo Pizzol added an answer:
    What are the applications of network analysis?

    There is basically no limit to the phenomena that can be modeled and analyzed in terms of complex networks - entities and their relationships between which can be represented as the nodes and edges of a graph, and which form a non-trivial pattern. So let's make this a small survey:

    • Where in your research do you employ complex networks and network analysis methods?
    • What are your data sources? How big are they?
    • Which tools do you use for the network analysis process?
    • What did you learn from the network analysis?
  • Wu-Chen Su added an answer:
    What are the current active research areas in social network analysis?
    I'm trying to choose my MSc research area in the field of social network analysis but I'm new to this subject and am not aware of currently active research areas or the trends. I would appreciate any suggestion you might give, so I can choose the one closest to my interests.
    Wu-Chen Su · National Cheng Kung University

    You may consider my paper for current issues and trends of multiple online social network study to find suitable topics for your study.

  • Andrew T. Carswell added an answer:
    To what extent can we make a case for social capital as a consequence of mixed income housing?
    How practical is it to measure the social impacts of people living in mixed income housing neighbourhoods on one another?
    Andrew T. Carswell · University of Georgia


    I believe your question is a very relevant one, and seems to be one that researchers should gravitate to (if they haven't already).  In the U.S., mixed income housing as a concept for planners is a much ballyhooed and celebrated concept.  Its proponents suggest that by mixing different income groups, households have the chance to build social capital for income groups that in the recent past have been denied these opportunities based on the forced segregation (essentially) of various income levels by neighborhood.  It stands to reason that these same theorists would go further to say that mixing income categories gives these "previously denied" families/households the opportunity to develop more social capital given this new living arrangement.  This then translates to better job opportunities, more friendships, better cultural understanding, etc.

    For a few ideas of book/article resources that might help you in your quest (however initial or advanced that quest is), here are a few possibilities:

    Massey/Denton --> American Apartheid

    Robert Putnam --> Bowling Alone (and several others)

    James DeFillipis --> The Myth of Social Capital (a good and sharp critique of Putnam)

    Eppli/Tu --> Valuing New Urbanism

    Hope that this helps!

    Andy Carswell

    P.S. I have included a humorous picture that typifies normal American type of development.

  • Liu Yang asked a question:
    How to recommend according to the time line?

    It is the problem of recommender systems, in research social networks, the activities of users can be seen in the time line, how to recommend proper undergraduate research opportunities to undergraduates according to the time line of undergraduates and teachers?

  • Aixin Sun added an answer:
    What is the easiest way to get the most common short form words used in social networking sites?

    I am doing a work related to analyzing the online posts made by an individual. I would like to know the most common short words used frequently in social forums. Can anyone help me?. Thanks in advance

  • Wu-Chen Su added an answer:
    How can I obtain a Social network share/communication dataset?

    where can I find data-sets for messages sent from users to other users of online social networks?;  the data-set should at least indicate WHO sent WHAT to Whom at When; 

    say i have a csv file like this :




    btw; message part could be almost anything that could be SENT in a online social network;

    i'm trying to model the information diffusion on a social network with epidemic models like SIR; so every suggestion would be appreciated; and thanks in advance

    Wu-Chen Su · National Cheng Kung University

    You may check my article to get relevant references.. There is one sub-section for data set of multiple online social networks.

  • Tina W Wey added an answer:
    Is there a database for behavioral datasets?

    I was wondering if anyone could suggest a data archiving equivalent to GenBank or TreeBASE for the storage of different types of behavioral data (e.g., activity budgets, social networks, diet, track logs); both as a source for comparative data, but also as means of storing data for the long term after publication. Thanks in advance for any suggestions,


  • Elisabeth Lex added an answer:
    Does anyone have experience with research on altmetrics - which datasets?

    I would like to get an overview which datasets the community uses when working with altmetrics and whether they are publicly available. Also, are there any "standard" datasets? Do you think such datasets would drive research further?

    Elisabeth Lex · Graz University of Technology

    Thanks Stefanie, this is very helpful!

  • Jason Gao asked a question:
    What do you think of the current lab research social network condition?

    Currently I am studying the social network condition for research labs. And I want to know if labs have strong interest to disseminate information through social network platform. And also I want to know the motivations to disseminate information and what kind of information labs want to disseminate.

    Besides, I have made a questionnaire, great thanks if you can spend 1 min to fill the questionnaire!

    The questionnaire link:

  • Jason Gao added an answer:
    What kind of presence, if any, should a research lab have in social media?
    Our lab has an up-to-date website with a nice news section. However, it seems certain that most of our target audience will not visit the website regularly, so the readership of our news is very limited.

    The university is active in LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, but naturally only shares the most important news. Therefore it seems that we should be active ourselves in sharing links to our news in social media. Some individual researchers do promote their own research online, but a concentrated lab-level effort would seem more effective.

    We have considered setting up a LinkedIn group for our lab. This would be used for sharing links to our website news, new papers and job opportunities. A joint SlideShare account also seems worth the effort. Other obvious alternatives are Twitter and Facebook, and of course ResearchGate.

    Do you think this would work, or would there be a better way?

    As a motivation, increased publicity potentially brings new contacts, collaborations, projects, research, funding and so on.

    Edit: Prof. Ravi Sharma nicely clarified the motivation for participating in social media below:

    1.Creating awareness,
    2. Popularising/sharing of services/ products/land mark achievements/papers/articles/presentations etc.
    3. Attracting desired human resources
    4. Networking among participating scientist resulting in better circumstances for productive and collaborative research & development - institutional as well as individual levels.
    Jason Gao · Peking University

    I'm also interested in this topic, and currently I'm doing the market survey about lab social network condition. We have made a questionnaire, hope you can fill it and speard the questionnaire link to other faculty and phd. Great thanks! The questionnaire link:

  • Mustapha Bouakkaz added an answer:
    How can one evaluate a link prediction algorithm for social networks between users?

    I proposed a new algorithm for semantic link prediction in social networks, and I want to evaluate it and compare it with other algorithms. How can I do that ? Where can i fInd benchmark to use it in my tests.

    best regards

    Mustapha Bouakkaz · Université Amar Telidji Laghouat

    Merci Simone, thanks, 
    about the answer of Vadis, i give you ResearchGate as an exemple to understand what i'm looking for. 

  • I need references or articles about the relationship between social networking, globalization and national security in the context of the states.

    I participated in a conference and would like other references updated. Thanks for the help .

    Juan Carlos Montero Bagatella · Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

    In the international journal of intelligence and counterintelligence is an article about intelligence in the age of twitter, perhaps it may help.

  • Amit Mittal added an answer:
    What is the best book on game theory for Social Networks?

    How can we relate game theory to Social Networks?

    Amit Mittal · Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow

    There is great work by Mathew Jackson of Stanford on the Web itself, google classroom and Coursera.

  • William J.R. Longabaugh added an answer:
    What tool can be used for visualization very large networks: 30 K nodes and 300 M vertices?
    Gephi was not able.
    Thanks in advance.
    William J.R. Longabaugh · Institute for Systems Biology

    For viewing large networks without the hairball, you might take a look at BioFabric ( The hairball is avoided by drawing nodes as horizontal lines. Quick demo is at:  That said, 821 K nodes and 3.4M links will be too much for it to handle in the current implementation, but it can handle 1M links pretty well.

    As an example of a larger network, here is one with 282K nodes and 2.3M links: Even at that size, interesting patterns are visible, and you can zoom in for detail, which I feel validates the basic approach. But performance on that particular network was pretty awful.

  • Eric Balogh added an answer:
    Is there any empirical way to distinguish between Social Networks and Social Support (SOEP Germany)?

    Good day everyone. I'm currently trying to check a theoretical model about the relationship between social networks, social support and health.

    Could anyone suggest any empirical studies about social networks which are based on the german SOEP?

    This would be quite helpful.

    Thanks anyway

    Eric Balogh · University of Cologne

    Thanks for the help Pablo. I'll have a closer look at your suggested Texts

  • Miranda Yeoh added an answer:
    Do you notice that your students spend a lot of time on social networks? What are the effects that you noted on them?
    My students spend a lot of time on FB. When I asked, "Do you get into FB everyday?"; a student responded, "Every hour, madam".
    What are the effects on them that you noted? What is our role as educators, in this matter? (Please share your experiences.)
    Miranda Yeoh · Kolej Matrikulasi Selangor, MALAYSIA (Selangor Matriculation College)

    Dear friends, recently I observed that I wasn't able to get into FB or Linked In using my office computer fixed line or college wifi.  Our college is mainly committed to academic performance.  With more research evidence on negative effects of social networking, this action has been put in place.  Last semester, I remember I could get into FB after office hours.

  • Krishnan Umachandran added an answer:
    Apart from RG, How far the SNS are helpful for the development of Academic Research?

    Dear Sir,

    Social Network Services are uniting people globally. It helps in many ways for people to exchange their views and ideas. Is all the SNS are helping for the development of the academic contributions of the Researchers?

    Dr. Shanmugasundaram P

    Krishnan Umachandran · Professor

    SNS system with two search engines

    1. Paper Search Engine (PSE), which is used to help students to conduct a research survey, and
    2. Logs Search Engine (LSE), which allows students to learn from each other via their logs.

    The users will leave notes while they use the system. These logs are searching notes or history of their search processes that have been left by the expert researchers. Students maintain their learning logs, therefore a large number of logs on the Web will be accumulated.

  • Andrés Solano asked a question:
    Anyone has proposed a set of usability heuristics for social networks?

    Heuristics must be specific for such systems...

  • Sonja Utz added an answer:
    How to reach working people as participants for study on usefulness of social media ties?

    We are currently running a study on the usefulness of social media contacts (an extension of Levin, Walter & Murnighan, 2011). We need working people who are willing to ask three of their social media contacts for advice on a problem they are currently encountering at their work. Two weeks later, the usefulness of the received information will be measured.

    Thus, people have to do something and they have to think about a relevant question. We have many hits, but not so many participants yet. Any ideas how to reach and motivate working people?

    And anyone posting a question here - think of also asking the question to three specific ties and fill in the survey!

    Sonja Utz · Knowledge Media Research Center

    Hi Michael,

    thanks for your answer. I mean people who have a job (because they shall ask their contacts for advice on a problem they encounter in their professional life). I am familiar with snowball sampling. That works well for online surveys, but not when we do not find participants who are willing to take part in the task in the first place (as said, the study requires some effort: contacting several people from the own network, filling in several surveys) and people often do not know what they should ask their network when they read about the study. And when they encounter a situation in which they could need advice, they have forgotten about the study. Levin et al. worked with a class of MBA students - in this case, it is easy to remind them every week on the study, but we do not have access to such a sample.

    I know the strength of weak ties literature quite well; the study builds on this work but extends it.



  • Irene Kamberidou added an answer:
    Can the social space of sport nurture and reproduce social capital, namely promote social cohesion-inclusion and eliminate social exclusions?
    A core concept in sociology, political science, organizational behaviour and business, social capital is relatively new in the context of sport governance. In exploring the boundaries of both sport and social capital in theory and practice, one can see sport as a form of positive (bridging) social capital that promotes social cohesion, trust, social ties, etc. Could it also be perceived as a social space that promotes dark or exclusonary social capital since sport politics do not always deliver the social benefits they proclaim due to commercialization, doping, gender discrimination or institutionalized gender personification, the leaky pipeline and the glass ceiling in SGBs and in competitive sports.
    Irene Kamberidou · National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

    Celia, thank you, I believe this piece may interest you:

    Up2Us Trauma-Sensitive Coaching Transforms Urban Youth Sports
     **A recent piece on NPR (National Public Radio) in the US on
    trauma-sensitive coaching:
         For decades, hundreds of sports-based youth-development programs have been on their own trying to make a difference in this country’s poor, violence-prone cities. But as sports budgets are slashed, especially in urban public school districts where the need is the greatest, an organization is stepping
    in to provide coaches support and valuable training for hundreds of
    this country’s sports-based youth-development programs. It’s called
    Up2Us.... [see article in: a recent piece on NPR (National Public
    Radio) here in the US on trauma-sensitive coaching:

  • Olga Buchel added an answer:
    Sampling in twitter

    I want to do a research just for fun! I need to sampling in twitter!

    • What I need is a method to do find random account in twitter with equal chance of selection. Has anyone any suggestion to doing this?
    Olga Buchel · The University of Western Ontario

    Have you considered Twitter Firehose or Twitter Streaming API?

  • Mahmoud Melhem asked a question:
    Are there previous studies about academic social nertwork?

    I am studying about this kind of  social networks ,

    And I would like to know the nature of these networks and the services they provide, the number and characteristics

    Also I would like to know what ResearchGate  gave you as a researcher?

  • Masimalai Palaniyandi added an answer:
    Could anyone advise me on some conferences, talks, or organisation related to any aspect of the topic of network, entrepreneurship, and geography?
    Need to be more involve in my area of interest
    Masimalai Palaniyandi · Vector Control Research Centre, Pondicherry, India

    Dear friend,

    Please go through America Association of Geographers (AAG) News letter, you can get lot of information.


  • Muhamed Kudic added an answer:
    What predominant parameters would help achieve the final number of adopters in time for a social network?
    A critical look at most evolutionary models and their structure, we discover that most problem domain in which they are applied can be represented as graph of A social network. Thus, what parameters are expedient and necessary f or finding all final adopters with convergence on a time varying network network using evolutionary stochastic model for Agent-Based Modeling.
  • Alex Hunting added an answer:
    The Use of Social Networking Sites in the Restaurant Industry: Best Practices

    Where i can get the article?

    Alex Hunting · Florida State University

    You try googling those words?

  • Jagdish Khubchandani added an answer:
    Could someone please tell me the difference between social capital and social networks?
    I am currently researching social entrepreneurship and social entreprise activities by people aged 50 and over in the UK. The literature on social entrepreneurship indicates that social capital is one of many values brought in by social entreprises. However, this seem to be conflated with social networks. Could anyone advise of the differences between social capital and social networks in entrepreneurship?
    Jagdish Khubchandani · Ball State University

    social network is a predictor and social capital could well be the outcome.

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