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Networks of Influence | The Spanish Influenza

This blog has been evolving in the past year or so into rough working notes on the classification, design and breeding of collaborative networked organizations — CNOs — according to measurable criteria. Our textbook has been do Nooy, Mrvar and Batagelj, Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek.

Applying notions of citation — and its sibling, plagiarism — influence, and structural prestige, I want to identify digital strategies based on my spidering results in order to profile CNOs, according to a theory of digital genres based on the Bloomian «anxiety of influence».

The eyes of my readers — both of them — may roll at this interjection of postmodern hijinks, but I believe it actually makes sense. All I need to do is show how the theory applies to the interpretation of empirical data, specifically, to data on linking behaviors studied on a grand — 4 million documents — scale.

Especially interesting in light of the theory of partial mutual incomprehension, or misprision, is the study of organizations that operate between language or cultural barriers. A rudimentary example is shown above.

  1. Master em Jornalismo — a São Paulo extension program of the University of Navarra (Opus Dei)
  2. Novo em Folha — a digital daily for journalism students and newbies, hosted on the Folha-UOL blogosphere latifúndio and borrowing heavily from such projects as Media Bistro
  3. E-Periodistas — a blog by Ramón Salaverría, a professor at the University of Navarra and author of a style guide on the editing of hypertext
  4. Editors Web Log — official blog of WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum
  5. Media News Group — a digital strategy agency with dozens of U.S. dailies and non-dailies as customers.

The closed cycle of mutual references suggests it might be useful to look at this «sociocentric» intersection from the point of view of intersecting egocentric networks.

This overview is based on a statistical sample of closely linked entities and drawn using the yEd graph editor, with additional notes added manually.

Novo em Folha, in particular, occupies a brokerage role with respect to the Knight-Nieman digital journalism content-syndication engine — prose and linking stylistic analysis shows similarities as well — and to the Navarrans who established Innovation-MediaConsulting.

The diagram at the head of this note is an instance of an analytic technique called Maximum Flow — the largest number of links connecting two vertices in a complete connected subnetwork.

Let us have a look at an example that I came across recently, a maximum flow analysis of thethe relationship between the Society of Professional Journalists in the U.S. and the ANJ — National Newspaper Association — in Brazil.

The analysis software is Pajek, I should say.

[ … note in progress …]

Standard Operating Procedures

Above, a partial citations pool — closeness centraility — for the blog Novo em Folha, on the site of the Folha de S. Paulo.

My self-appointed task today is to explain, and provide examples, of several of the  techniques I am learning, including

  1. K-Neighbors
  2. Net > Components > Strong, Weak, All
  3. Core > All
  4. Degree > All
  5. Maximum Flow (v1, v2)
  6.  Net > Transform > Reduction

This may get boring. [ … note in progress …]

In fact, I will only have time to upload some network views and briefly comment..