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Physical Review E
There is a longstanding belief that in social networks with simultaneous friendly and hostile interactions (signed networks) there is a general tendency to a global balance. Balance represents a state of the network with a lack of contentious situations. Here we introduce a method to quantify the degree of balance of any signed (social) network. It accounts for the contribution of all signed cycles in the network and gives, in agreement with empirical evidence, more weight to the shorter cyclesdoi:10.1103/physreve.90.042802 pmid:25375544 fatcat:zjhlduci7ve77n4nfbqbppfugm