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, B. A. Huberman
     
 

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

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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.

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"...[The] perfect companion on a cross-country flight or during a long quiet evening in a favorite reading chair." David G. Stork Artificial Life

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262582254
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
115
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"*Bare Branches* is an excellent book that represents a new approach to thinking about political stability and international politics. Hudson and den Boer draw from the life sciences to reveal historical patterns that other scholars have missed. They present comprehensive data on sex ratios and fascinating historical studies of social instability brought on by excess young males."—Francis Fukuyama,Dean of Faculty and Bernard Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy,The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Meet the Author

Bernardo A. Huberman is an HP Fellow at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California.

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