The Laws of the Web: Patterns in the Ecology of Information

The Laws of the Web: Patterns in the Ecology of Information

by Bernardo A. Huberman, Bernardo A. Huberman, B. A. Huberman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262083035

ISBN-13: 9780262083034

Pub. Date: 10/01/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

Despite its haphazard growth, the Web hides powerful underlying regularities--from the organization of its links to the patterns found in its use by millions of users. Many of these regularities have been predicted on the basis of theoretical models based on a field of physics--statistical mechanics--that few would have thought applicable to the social domain.

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Despite its haphazard growth, the Web hides powerful underlying regularities--from the organization of its links to the patterns found in its use by millions of users. Many of these regularities have been predicted on the basis of theoretical models based on a field of physics--statistical mechanics--that few would have thought applicable to the social domain.

In this book Bernardo Huberman explains in accessible language the laws of the Web. One of the foremost researchers in the field, Huberman has established, for example, that the surfing patterns of individuals are describable by a precise law. Such findings can lead to more efficient Web design and use. They also shed light on social mechanisms whose significance goes beyond the Web. In this sense, the Web is a gigantic informational ecosystem that can be used to quantify and test explanations of human behavior and social interaction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262083034
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Pages:
115
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
1E-cology1
2The Phenomenon of the Web7
3Evolution and Structure19
4Small Worlds33
5As We Surf41
6Social Dilemmas and Internet Congestion55
7Downloading Information71
8Markets and the Web83
Epilogue97
References101
Index103

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