A comparative analysis of the statistical properties of large mobile phone calling networks

Michele Tumminello, Rosario Nunzio Mantegna, Salvatore Micciche', Wen-Jie Xie, Ming-Xia Li, Rosario N. Mantegna, Wei-Xing Zhou, Zhi-Qiang Jiang

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Mobile phone calling is one of the most widely used communication methods in modern society. The records of calls among mobile phone users provide us a valuable proxy for the understanding of human communication patterns embedded in social networks. Mobile phone users call each other forming a directed calling network. If only reciprocal calls are considered, we obtain an undirected mutual calling network. The preferential communication behavior between two connected users can be statistically tested and it results in two Bonferroni networks with statistically validated edges. We perform a comparative analysis of the statistical properties of these four networks, which are constructed from the calling records of more than nine million individuals in Shanghai over a period of 110 days. We find that these networks share many common structural properties and also exhibit idiosyncratic features when compared with previously studied large mobile calling networks. The empirical findings provide us an intriguing picture of a representative large social network that might shed new lights on the modelling of large social networks.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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