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Xi Chen , School of Automation, Wuhan
Lan Zhang , School of Automation, Wuhan
Wei Li , School of Automation, Wuhan
ABSTRACT
An evolution model of Chinese traditional acquaintance relationship networks on emphasizing individual heterogeneity and social culture is introduced in this paper. The model incorporates three distinct mechanisms that affect acquaintance network evolution and formation: heredity linking, variation linking and similarity-based disconnection. We have found that the degree distribution of Chinese traditional acquaintance networks is manifested in a piecewise approximation that combines a power-law form with an exponential cutoff and exponential distribution. Numerical results indicate that individuals maintaining a medium amount of connections far outweigh others, reflecting the characteristics of Guanxi centered society. The formation of acquaintance relationship networks is greatly affected by the Chinese special kinship culture. Our findings are supported by sociological statistical conclusions and offer a rational explanation for the nature of Chinese kinship networks. Our work provides an adequate framework for further research on dynamic human complex behaviors such as epidemic spreading and rumor propagation.
CITATION
Xi Chen, Lan Zhang, Wei Li, "A Network Evolution Model for Chinese traditional acquaintance networks", IEEE Intelligent Systems, , no. 1, pp. 1, PrePrints PrePrints, doi:10.1109/MIS.2013.125
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