Discovering the Building Blocks of Social Networks

Time: 16.00 - 17.30

Venue: G6; Humanities Bridgeford Street; University of Manchester, M13 9PL

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Speaker: Frank Takes, University of Amsterdam

Do people with different academic backgrounds communicate differently? Is the financial sector secretly making our global economy more and more complex? Network analysis combined with relevant data is frequenquently used to answer these types of questions. In this talk, we explore so-called meso-level patterns in socio-economic networks. In particular, we look at what we can learn from network motifs: small microstructures of a handful of nodes and edges that surprisingly frequently occur in the network. We discuss recent advances on methods for discovering these motifs in both multilayer and dynamic networks. With these techniques we are able to answer the aforementioned two questions, unveiling the basic building blocks of the underlying networks and getting a better understanding of the complex interactions taking place.