Rice and Hickman publish study on small world networks

March 7, 2011

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Assistant Professors Stephen Rice and Matthew Hickman of the Department of Criminal Justice have published a study applying small world network analysis, a technique analogues to the "six degrees of separation" phenomenon, to the structure of scholarship networks. They found that measures of network “centerness” illustrate potential dynamics related to cohort, mentor, and research area effects, and that breadth-first search algorithms may have important implications for criminal justice concerns such as delinquent peer networks, terror networks, or fencing operations.  The article appears in the March 2011 issue of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.