Network Structure

Network structure refers to a general system, network, or pattern of relationships that can be derived from the observable behavior of animate and inanimate actors or objects in a given population. Structure is usually understood as the arrangement of parts or elements of some complexity tied together by relations. The study of these relations is the subject of network theory.

A network consists of nodes and links that form dyads, triads, groups, or a system of interconnected animate (actors) and inanimate objects, based on the specific types of relationships between them. In a dyad, ties come together, through the type of relation, to create a system of interdependence. Triads are fundamental network structures. There are 16 types of triads in a directed network in which balanced ...

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