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(Phys Org2)   Scienticians drill down on social networks, determine they're still just a bunch of ones and zeroes   (phys.org) divider line 10
    More: Followup, MIT Technology Review, social ties, social networks, arXiv, social support, string theory, anthropology  
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2014-08-03 11:40:54 AM  
Mostly zeros.
 
2014-08-03 01:26:18 PM  
"Drill down" is another one of those phrases that needs to go away.
 
2014-08-03 01:26:20 PM  
so, who is interested in this research and is funding it? I would guess the NSA and marketing companies.

FTFA: "a new way of looking at social ties as strings of interactions. In a way, it changes the atomic theory of social ties into a kind of string theory."

Jeez. I would expect MIT to know something about string theory and this is no more string theory than a linguistic grammar that analyzes strings of symbols is string theory - however this study isn't up to even this level of sophistication. As far as I can tell the study says something like if you label a message with some combination of 3 different types (status, support, knowledge) then the statistics of a series of messages between 2 people is not entirely random - different types are more prevalent at the beginning of and exchange than towards the end.

This is about as exciting as saying one side of a telephone interaction is more typically
•  "Hello? How are you? Meet me at Frank's Bar"
than
•  "Meet me at Frank's Bar. How are you? Hello?  "
 
2014-08-03 04:03:21 PM  

basemetal: Mostly zeros.


That's my joke, damn you.

/ok, so not a very difficult joke to come up with, but still
 
2014-08-03 04:29:54 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: basemetal: Mostly zeros.

That's my joke, damn you.

/ok, so not a very difficult joke to come up with, but still


A still helps the social interactions.
 
2014-08-03 05:37:16 PM  
I can't wait until everyone wakes up and realizes "social networks" are useless, meaningless, time sucks.
 
2014-08-03 05:52:16 PM  

brimed03: "Drill down" is another one of those phrases that needs to go away.


We've optimized an algorithm to make a deep dives into the data sets.  Utilizing advanced analytics, the key metrics will bubble up to your dashboard.
 
2014-08-03 09:46:26 PM  
Perhaps I've had one too many beers tonight, but I'm assuming the tl;dr of the article is:  You're the product being sold.  If it isn't...you're still the product being sold.
 
2014-08-03 09:59:38 PM  

RogermcAllen: brimed03: "Drill down" is another one of those phrases that needs to go away.

We've optimized an algorithm to make a deep dives into the data sets.  Utilizing advanced analytics, the key metrics will bubble up to your dashboard.


$m = Mysql_query('select id,msg,timestamp from messages');
Print "Mega Corp Enterpri$e Dashboard";
While ($row = mysql_fetch_row($m))
Print $row[0]...

I quit. Difficulty: smartphone, old php code I don't use anymore, lack of caring all of a sudden.
 
2014-08-03 10:04:40 PM  

HairBolus: so, who is interested in this research and is funding it? I would guess the NSA and marketing companies.

FTFA: "a new way of looking at social ties as strings of interactions. In a way, it changes the atomic theory of social ties into a kind of string theory."

Jeez. I would expect MIT to know something about string theory and this is no more string theory than a linguistic grammar that analyzes strings of symbols is string theory - however this study isn't up to even this level of sophistication. As far as I can tell the study says something like if you label a message with some combination of 3 different types (status, support, knowledge) then the statistics of a series of messages between 2 people is not entirely random - different types are more prevalent at the beginning of and exchange than towards the end.

This is about as exciting as saying one side of a telephone interaction is more typically
•  "Hello? How are you? Meet me at Frank's Bar"
than
•  "Meet me at Frank's Bar. How are you? Hello?  "


This was done at yahoo. Interesting you mention the nsa, because according to the Snowden leaks the nsa just loves them some yahoo.

/for a while there, couple years ago, yahoo just wouldn't work for me
//page errors, halve loaded pages, broken links
///I seriously wondered how they stayed in business
////now I know
 
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