Introduction and Overview
The systematic collection and analysis of data on networks of one form or another goes back at least to the 1930’s in certain select areas of science, and in fact has subtle roots reaching back centuries further. However, during the decade surrounding the turn of the 21st century, network-centric analysis, as a general approach to scientific inquiry, has reached entirely new levels of prevalence and sophistication, with practitioners in fields now ranging from the physical and mathematical sciences to the social sciences and humanities. In this chapter we present a ‘birds-eye’ view of the area that is gradually coming to be known as ‘network science,’ starting with some background, continuing with a mosaic of examples, and finishing with a discussion of the organization and philosophy of this book.
KeywordsNetwork Data Network Graph Link Prediction Social Entity Internet Topology
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