Heterogeneity shapes groups growth in social online communities

P. A. Grabowicz, V. M. Eguíluz
2012 Europhysics letters  
Many complex systems are characterized by broad distributions capturing, for example, the size of firms, the population of cities or the degree distribution of complex networks. Typically this feature is explained by means of a preferential growth mechanism. Although heterogeneity is expected to play a role in the evolution it is usually not considered in the modeling probably due to a lack of empirical evidence on how it is distributed. We characterize the intrinsic heterogeneity of groups in
more » ... n online community and then show that together with a simple linear growth and an inhomogeneous birth rate it explains the broad distribution of group members.
doi:10.1209/0295-5075/97/28002 fatcat:frcc7rxfezhrfkfaeque77jwce