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Integrating micro-level interactions with social network analysis in tie strength research: the edge-centered approach

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Academic Mindtrek Conference
Subtitle of host publicationSept. 20th-21st, 2017, Tampere, Finland
EditorsMarkku Turunen, Heli Väätäjä
Pages 203-209
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5426-4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2017
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Academic Mindtrek Conference -
Duration: 28 Sep 2017 → …


ConferenceInternational Academic Mindtrek Conference
Period28/09/17 → …


A social tie is a target for ongoing, high-level scientific debate. Measuring the tie strength in social networks has been an important topic for academic studies since Mark Granovetter’s seminal papers in 1970’s. However, it is still a problematic issue mainly for two reasons: 1) existing tie strength measurements may not reflect the true social connections of individuals accurately enough, and 2) many different methods to gather data from social media are not applicable anymore due to different data openness issues. In addition, we have only little empirical knowledge of the actual tie strengthening process in online social networks. Therefore, we suggest a new approach to tie strength research, which focuses on studying communication patterns (edges) more rather than actors (nodes) in a social network.


  • Social network, Social tie, Social network analysis, Tie strength, Open data

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