Hierarchies and networks

We scientists love the word “hierarchy”. In every professor, it evokes a picture of us chalking up a pyramid on the black board and confidently explaining “at the top, we have the …” Hierarchies are systematic and meaningful orderings. They are the successful ends of research projects; bringers of peace to our curious minds. They […]

Ridiculograms: A ridiculous dialogue

If you’re a network scientist, or you’ve hung around with one, you’ve probably heard about ridiculograms. It’s a tongue-in-cheek derogative word for plots of huge networks intended to impress by their complexity. I have a vague memory of someone crediting Marc Vidal for coining it. In this blog post, we will explore if they really […]

Less is more

In this blog post, I will explore why network science mostly is a science of large networks and argue that studying small networks can be just as rewarding and challenging as studying large ones. In other words, a manifesto for small-network science. (But a modest one, because it is not going to be any main […]