The Problem of Action at a Distance in Networks and the Emergence of Preferential Attachment from Triadic Closure

Jerôme KUNEGIS, Fariba KARIMI & Sun JUN
In this paper, we characterise the notion of preferential attachment in networks as action at a distance, and argue that it can only be an emergent phenomenon – the actual mechanism by which networks grow always being the closing of triangles. After a review of the concepts of triangle 5 closing and preferential attachment, we present our argument, as well as a simplified model in which preferential attachment can be derived mathematically from triangle closing....
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