Identifying Close Friendships in a Sensed Social Network
Author(s)Oloritun, Rahman O.; Madan, Anmol; Khayal, Inas; Pentland, Alex Paul
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Studies have suggested that propinquity; social, cultural, physical and psychological similarities are major factors in close friendship ties. These studies were subject to human recall of interactions with no details of length or time of interactions. Recently, advancements in mobile technology have enabled the measurement of complex systems of interactions. This study uses social network analysis of data comprising of time-resolved sensed interactions to predict and explain close friendship ties via interactions at different periods, residence (floor) similarity and gender similarity. Results indicate residence (floor) proximity and duration of weekend night interactions have the potential of explaining close friendship ties.
DepartmentProgram in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Oloritun, Rahman O., Anmol Madan, Alex Pentland, and Inas Khayal. “Identifying Close Friendships in a Sensed Social Network.” Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 79 (June 2013): 18–26.
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