Title

A graph database framework for covert network analysis: An application to the Islamic State network in Europe

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2016

Abstract

This paper proposes a new framework based on graph database theory for encoding complex data on covert networks, mapping their structure and conducting a sensitivity analysis.The framework is then applied to reconstruct the terrorist network of the 2015-2016 attacks in Paris and Brussels, and related plots in Europe by the Islamic State group (IS). The resulting network was found to be qualitatively different from the ideologically-related Al-Qaeda network, having a lower secrecy and lower mean degree, under different network-generating assumptions.

Keywords

Covert network, Terrorist network, Graph database, Terrorism, Islamic State

Discipline

Sociology

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

Social Networks

ISSN

0378-8733

Identifier

10.1016/j.socnet.2016.10.004

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2016.10.004

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