Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2010

Abstract

re two users more likely to be friends if they share common interests? Are two users more likely to share common interests if they're friends? The authors study the phenomenon of homophily in the digital world by answering these central questions. Unlike the physical world, the digital world doesn't impose any geographic or organizational constraints on friendships. So, although online friends might share common interests, a priori there's no reason to believe that two users with common interests are more likely to be friends. Using data from LiveJournal, the authors show that the answer to both questions is yes.

Keywords

Internet, friendship, homophily, interest, social network

Discipline

Databases and Information Systems | Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

IEEE Internet Computing

Volume

14

Issue

2

First Page

15

Last Page

23

ISSN

1089-7801

Identifier

10.1109/MIC.2010.25

Publisher

IEEE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MIC.2010.25

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