Network Science

 Network Science:

Foundation, Theory, Analysis,  and Application


Network science is an emerging field of research based on social network analysis, complex network study. It has widely influenced the trend of computational science, including both social science and natural science. This is the field I focus on, and I will demonstrate how network analysis deepens our understanding of communication and beyond, especially in the aspect of online human communication dynamics.


Chapter1: Origin, Chapter2: Foundation, Chapter3: Network Structure, Chapter4: Network Formation, Chapter5: Network Flow (Epidemic models). The syllabus will come soon.



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