Geometry – Networks, Crowds, and Markets – by David Easley. David Easley, Cornell University, New York, Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University, New York. This MOOC is based on an interdisciplinary Cornell University course entitled Networks, taught by professors David Easley, Jon Kleinberg, and Éva Tardos. Time and Place: Tu,Th , Soda. Text: David Easley and Jon Kleinberg, “Networks, Crowds and Markets,” ISBN =, Cambridge.

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Say it, a management book, a psychology book, a data analysis book, it fits em all very beautifully. But more of a chapter-level reference, driven by curiosity based on specific topics.

Bill rated it really liked it Apr 01, It is very easy to build fairy castles of mathematics that relate poorly, or at all to the real world, particularly once you move away from carefully curated data sets. Jan 18, Dogsandbooks rated it really liked it Shelves: Networks are prima facie a more realistic setting for a lot of economic activity than the nebulous void of earlier models but this is not an advantage if no attempt to test those models is made The writing style is very good, for the most part.

I started to read this with an interest of computational study of networksbut later found myself diving into a very powerful stature of concepts and a way of thinking which this book has presented. There are also optional advanced slightly more mathy sections scattered throughout.

Fabulous and powerful read. Over the past decade there has been a growing public fascination with the complex connectedness of modern society. One could possibly argue that only theoretical statements are not sufficient to state and prove a concept, then I must say that, this book doesnt lags a slight touch of mathematics in it too, with simple use of algebra, combinatorics and most importantly probability. Nonetheless, the reader will find some interesting ideas.


It is amazingly written–it’s geared towards a beginner audience, but is so beautifully motivated and illustrated that it’s enjoyable for all levels. Watts to be a better companion read for this book.

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Mar 02, Bob Hancock rated it really liked it. May 02, Carly rated it it was amazing Shelves: There will be a final exam. It is a central problem in the application of numerical methods to the social sciences that actually relating mathematical models to the real world in a meaningful way is very hard. We will aim to cover the following chapters of the text: Kleijberg live in a connected world in which information spreads virtually instantaneously, and the Internet and the Web support new economic mechanisms and organizational structures and the operation of vast social and financial networks.

Though at times, I was more interested in the statements and verbal proves than the mathematical parts because of either my laziness to give time and understand the equations, or sometimes, that they were bit tough to digest on a single read.

A reading assignment from the text will accompany each lecture. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In conclusion is a good qualitative book: It’s fascinating, especially with the direct references to our easely world internet, e-mail, websites.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Feb 15, John rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. Strong and Weak Ties 4.

Want to Read saving…. I found myself handpicking chapters from the ToC instead of reading it sequentially, and got a lot of value from it. Networks in Their Surrounding Contexts 5. Network Models of Markets with Intermediaries Hardcoverpages. I read the first 10 chapters from page to page and skimmed a majority of the later sections. I actually came to this book after reading Scale: As the name suggests, this book contains reasoning about how things work in a connected network from a basic ground level theme to a level sighting research interest among researchers.


The Small-World Phenomenon But more of a cha This book adresses the functional underpinnings of the now popular social networking phenomenon, and how it relates to crowd behavior, trend emrgence and commerce. Oct 06, Jeannie rated it it was amazing.

Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning about a Highly Connected World by David Easley

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is also supplied with copious, useful diagrams.

Link Analysis and Web Search It is a comprehensive and thorough read to better understand the complexities of increasing “connectedness” in modern living. Although the advanced sections are worthwhile if you have the background for them, as they expand the content, aside from perhaps one or two of the proofs where the authors seem to have been carried away by the simple joy of the mathematics.

I was also concerned about the reliance on neoclassical-style economic ideas and indeed as the book progresses, there is much, much more “model” than “data”. Jul 10, Muhammad al-Khwarizmi rated it liked it Shelves: Quotes from Networks, Crowds, Mar 26, Raj Sahu rated it really liked it. Aug 06, Denis rated it really liked it. However, if you are looking for a quantitative book then this book is not for you.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I would suggest it to anyone interested in economics, philosophy, the social sciences, or anyone who programs.