A Real-World Spreading Experiment in the Blogosphere

Adrien Friggeri, Jean-Philippe Cointet and Matthieu Latapy

Complex Systems 19, 2011

We designed an experiment to observe a spreading phenomenon in the blogosphere. This experiment relies on a small applet that participants copy on their own web page. We present the obtained dataset, which we freely provide for study, and conduct basic analysis. We conclude that, despite the classical assumption, in this experiment famous blogs do not necessarily act as super spreaders.


Dynamics of three-state excitable units on Poisson vs power-law random networks

Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis, Matthieu Latapy, Annick Lesne, Clémence Magnien and Laurent Pezard

Physica A 367, pages 585-612, 2006

The influence of the network topology on the dynamics of systems of coupled excitable units is studied numerically and demonstrates a lower dynamical variability for power-law networks than for Poisson ones. This effect which reflects a robust collective excitable behavior is however lower than that observed for diffusion processes or network robustness. Instead, the presence (and number) of triangles and larger loops in the networks appears as a parameter with strong influence on the considered dynamics.