In our intertwined world, everyone and everything is connected with each other. A theory, commonly known as "Six Degrees of Separation" or "Small World Phenomenon", postulates that every human being in this world is connected to any other person through only very few others. An experiment performed by the psychologist Stanley Milgram in 1967 was able to show that this phenomenon seems to be true indeed. Nowadays, platforms such as Social Media do make it even easier to investigate the underlying social structures with large-scale datasets being readily available. However, networks do not only form the underlying basis in the case of Social Media platforms but they are almost everywhere we look.
In the Project "Social Network Analysis" students will get to learn some basic underlying graph theory, work with scientific papers using networks to investigate research questions, and work on a network-based project on their own.