Is social capital associated with synchronization in human communication? An analysis of Italian call records and measures of civic engagement
Author(s)Mamei, Marco; Pancotto, Francesca; De Nadai, Marco; Lepri, Bruno; Vescovi, Michele; Zambonelli, Franco; Pentland, Alex; ... Show more Show less
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Social capital has been studied in economics, sociology and political science as one of the key elements that promote the development of modern societies. It can be defined as the source of capital that facilitates cooperation through shared social norms. In this work, we investigate whether and to what extent synchronization aspects of mobile communication patterns are associated with social capital metrics. Interestingly, our results show that our synchronization-based approach well correlates with existing social capital metrics (i.e., Referendum turnout, Blood donations, and Association density), being also able to characterize the different role played by high synchronization within a close proximity-based community and high synchronization among different communities. Hence, the proposed approach can provide timely, effective analysis at a limited cost over a large territory.
EPJ Data Science
Mamei, M., Pancotto, F., De Nadai, M., Lepri, B., Vescovi, M., Zambonelli, F., & Pentland, A. (2018). Is social capital associated with synchronization in human communication? An analysis of Italian call records and measures of civic engagement. EPJ Data Science, 7, 1-16.