On the elite of social networks Academic Article uri icon


  • In many communities there is an elite, a relatively small group of participants that is well connected and highly influential. In order to understand the whole community and the underlying mechanisms it is hence very helpful to study the characteristics and the emergence of the elite. In the past it has been shown that various social networks exhibit surprisingly similar properties, like power law degree distributions, small diameter, many triangles, etc. In this paper we examine the x-elite of nine existing complex networks, where the x-elite consists of the x nodes with the highest degree out of all n nodes in the network. Based on this simple notion of importance, we investigate the structures these nodes form among each other and the rest of the network. We observe, in all networks we analyzed, that a small-sized elite containing about

publication date

  • January 1, 2012