September  2012, 7(3): 363-371. doi: 10.3934/nhm.2012.7.363

Serendipity in social networks

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Departamento de Electrónica, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso, Chile, Chile

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Grupo de Sistemas Complejos, Departamento de Física, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain

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Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso, Chile

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Grupo de Sistemas Complejos and Departamento de Fisica y Mecanica, E.T.S.I. Agrónomos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain

Received  December 2011 Revised  June 2012 Published  October 2012

Serendipity is defined as fortunate discoveries made by chance. In this work we explore the idea that topological measures of a person's social network could be an indicator about how likely that person is to experience fortunate discoveries.
Citation: Werner Creixell, Juan Carlos Losada, Tomás Arredondo, Patricio Olivares, Rosa María Benito. Serendipity in social networks. Networks & Heterogeneous Media, 2012, 7 (3) : 363-371. doi: 10.3934/nhm.2012.7.363
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Reka Albert and Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Statistical mechanics of complex networks,, Rev. Mod. Phys., 47 (2002), 47. doi: 10.1103/RevModPhys.74.47. Google Scholar

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A. Barrat, M. Barthélemy, R. Pastor-Satorras and A. Vespignani, The architecture of complex weighted networks,, PNAS, 101 (2004), 3747. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0400087101. Google Scholar

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N. Eagle and A. Pentland, Reality mining: Sensing complex social systems,, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 10 (2006), 255. doi: 10.1007/s00779-005-0046-3. Google Scholar

[4]

W. Gauvin, C. Chen, Fu Xinwen and L. Benyuan, Classification of commercial and personal profiles on MySpace,, IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PERCOM Workshops), (2011), 21. doi: 10.1109/PERCOMW.2011.5766883. Google Scholar

[5]

Feiyu Lian, Qing Li, Maixia Fu and Yuhan Zang, A study on a general model of information fusion networks,, Pacific-Asia Workshop on Computational Intelligence and Industrial Application PACIIA'08, (2008), 579. Google Scholar

[6]

M. E. J. Newman, The structure and functions of complex networks,, SIAM Review 2, 45 (2003), 167. doi: 10.1137/S003614450342480. Google Scholar

[7]

M. E. J Newman, A.-L. Barabási and D. Watts, "The Structure and Dynamics of Networks,", Princeton University Press, (2006). Google Scholar

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A. Pentland, N. Eagle and D. Lazer, Inferring social networks structure using mobile phone data,, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 106 (2009), 15274. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0900282106. Google Scholar

[9]

Rawn Shah, "Serendipity Lies at the Heart of Business Relationships,", Forbes November, (2010). Google Scholar

[10]

Pontus Svenson, "Complex Networks and Social Network Analysis in Information Fusion,", 9th International Conference on Information Fusion, (2006). doi: 10.1109/ICIF.2006.301554. Google Scholar

[11]

K. Stepanyan, K. Borau and C. Ullrich, "A Social Network Analysis Perspective on Student Interaction within the Twitter Microblogging Environment,", IEEE 10th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), (2010), 70. doi: 10.1109/ICALT.2010.27. Google Scholar

[12]

Steven Strogatz, Exploring complex networks,, Nature, 410 (2001), 268. doi: 10.1038/35065725. Google Scholar

[13]

D. J. Watts and S. H. Strogatz, Collective dynamics of small-world networks,, Nature, 393 (1998), 440. doi: 10.1038/30918. Google Scholar

[14]

, In search of serendipity, Success in business increasingly depends on chance encounters,, The Economist, (2010). Google Scholar

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