Email patterns can predict impending doom

(new scientists) “Menezes says he expected communication networks to change during moments of crisis. Yet the researchers found that [in the Enron dataset] the biggest changes actually happened around a month before. For example, the number of active email cliques, defined as groups in which every member has had direct email contact with every other member, jumped from 100 to almost 800 around a month before the December 2001 collapse. ” The title of the paper is “Identification of Organizational Tension Using Complex Networks”. Workshop program

Why I blog about this: Some of us (e.g., Neal) are studying the evolution of social/recommender networks over time. This paper is a nice example of  social net evolution analysis put to good use ;-)

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