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Bad news travels fast!
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
2009 (English)In: Revista Brasileira de ensino de fisica, ISSN 1806-1117, Vol. 31, no 3, 1-7 p., 3303Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

Many proverbs are created through everyday experience. Although many of them are readily understood by ordinary people, a more detailed view generates many questions and doubts related to their credibility. Motivated by one of these proverbs, in the present paper, we analyse propagation of news in a network of electronic contacts (e-mails). More specifically, we propose transmission protocols intended to reproduce properties of real systems. These protocols are simulated in a real e-mail network and in the random network proposed by P. Erdos and A. Renyi. The results suggest that news spreads faster in the random network. The hubs in the real network tend to attract the news, in prejudice to the less connected nodes.

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Sociedade Brasileira de Fisica , 2009. Vol. 31, no 3, 1-7 p., 3303
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complex networks, social networks, news propagation
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Physical Sciences Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-115991ISI: 000271908700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-115991DiVA: diva2:907062
Available from: 2016-02-26 Created: 2016-02-08 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved

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