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05/24/10
Networking. New perspectives from Barabasi
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, First Year on Job
Posted by: site admin @ 2:30 pm

Most people offering help for positions, advancement
and managing their careers highlight networking as
a key activity.

I know I was at a loss when I first gave deep
thought into what networks and networking
was.  So, in a way I feel that ambivilence
about it.

Then Barabasi’s work came to my attention.
Albert-Lazlo Barabasi is now at  Northeastern
Univ. and has explored deeply the symbolic
mathematics and several important applications
of networks.  A readable version is found in
his well conceived book– “Linked.”

In a nutshell networks can be generally
described as distributions that are not
normal (Poisson- like) with central tendencies
and other common terms, but are more “power
law” like, with few dominant components, called
“hubs” and many, less dominant elements that
fall off nearly exponentially in frequency.

The Internet as a network, one that nearly
everyone who uses it might benefit from, is
described as four continents that have cool
properties.  The links in the Internet are
“directed” from one web-page to another.
A quarter of web-pages are in the “central
core” continent and links exist commonly
between
web-pages there.  Two other continents
are
either “linked to” and “linked from” the
central core.  The fourth ‘continent’ appear
as unconnected islands (like Oceania).

Linking in the Internet is key.
Preferential attachment to key webpages
  makes a big difference.
Fitness so that other pages want to link to
   a web-page is important.

There are similarities and differences between
social and professional networks and the Internet.

This will be a continuing topic in the blog.

 

One Response to “Networking. New perspectives from Barabasi”

  1. site admin Says:


    See a nice Scientific American article by Barabasi with
    references and graphics.  1 

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