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 […]

How to be creative

This is not a shot at making a side career as a motivational speaker. There are of course tons of more creative people out there, and even science about it! Still, I couldn’t resist writing down my thoughts since I slightly disagree with some of the gurus out there. 😛 1. Be bored   Good ideas […]

Zachary’s Zachary karate club

If you haven’t heard about Zachary’s karate club, you should probably be careful calling yourself network scientist in the wrong company. It is a small network data set that is used as an example, and benchmark for community detection algorithms. It even has a club! The Zachary Karate Club Club. With a trophy going to […]

Power-laws and me

A day or two ago Anna Broido and Aaron Clauset arxived a paper about how rare scale-free networks really are. If network science was invented today, I think such a paper would not raise many eyebrows. Now it already got much attention, and I think it looks like a methodologically solid and important contribution. To someone […]

10 good science books

As a follow-up to my post about ten papers that shaped my science, here are ten favorite books. I limit myself to science-themed books, I get inspired by fiction /other non-fiction too. 🙂 Schelling, Micromotives and Macrobehavior, 1978 Many of my fellow computational social scientists have read it (and those who haven’t already, definitely should). […]