The importance of relationship timing for diffusion


Journal Article

Relationship timing can have dramatic effects on diffusion through a network, as relationship order determines transmission routes. Though past research has modeled diffusion through static networks or developed methods for modeling change in network patterns, none has combined these factors to show how relationship change channels diffusion. This article formalizes the diffusion problem in networks with changing relations, identifies minimal bounds needed to measure diffusion potential in such networks, and provides a method for identifying who is at risk for diffusion. The effect of timing for diffusion potential is demonstrated with potential flow of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in an adolescent romantic network.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Moody, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 81 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 25 - 56

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0037-7732

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1353/sof.2002.0056

Citation Source

  • Scopus