The experiment that Stanley Milgram conducted in 1967 provided empirical evidence in favour of what is now referred to as the “small-world effect”

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The experiment that Stanley Milgram conducted in 1967 provided empirical evidence in favour of what is now referred to as the “small-world effect”

Critically discuss Milgram’s experiment and assess the extent to which the “small-world effect” can be found in the random Poisson network in the Barabási-Albert “scale-free” network and in the Watts-Strogatz “small-world” network.

 

Social Network Analysis – Small world Network Scale free random Poisson network

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The experiment that Stanley Milgram conducted in 1967 provided empirical evidence in favour of what is now referred to as the “small-world effect” namely the fact that the average geodesic distance is small even for very large networks.

Critically discuss Milgram’s experiment and assess the extent to which the “small-world effect” can be found in the random Poisson network in the Barabási-Albert “scale-free” network and in the Watts-Strogatz “small-world” network.

Milgram S. (1967) The small world problem Psychology Today 2 60-67.