Social Networks Unit

How are people connected? Social Networks are an in important topic in modeling the behavior of people. Humans are inherently social and have relationships far more complex than the random encounters often seen in agent based modeling. These relationships can vary in strength and meaning – we see social networks that range from kinship networks, friendship networks to contact networks used in the study of epidemiology.

The primary goal of this unit is to engage students in simple interactive activities to explore social network concepts, and in the use, modification, and creation of agent-based models of social networks to conduct experiments on spreading information through networks.

Partners and Sponsors: National Science Foundation.

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