A team from Michigan State University (MSU) will study how large-scale social networks such as YouTube and Wikipedia change as users come and go over time. The researchers want to understand how interaction on social networks benefits users.
"A deeper understanding of the structure of social networks and how that structure evolves can be applied to a variety of social issues," says MSU professor Hayder Radha, the principal investigator for the project. "For example, norms around health behavior and information seeking have been shown to be defined by social networks, so knowing how to affect those networks could create better health outcomes."
The research will be funded with a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
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