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The Laws of the Web: Patterns in the Ecology of Information

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andlt;Pandgt;Despite its haphazard growth, the Web hides powerful underlying regularities — from the organization of its links to the patterns found in its use by millions of users. Many of these regularities have been predicted on the basis of theoretical models based on a field of physics — statistical mechanics — that few would have thought applicable to the social domain.In this book, Bernardo Huberman explains in accessible language the laws of the Web. One of the foremost researchers in the field, Huberman has established, for example, that the surfing patterns of individuals are describable by a precise law. Such findings can lead to more efficient Web design and use. They also shed light on social mechanisms whose significance goes beyond the Web. In this sense, the Web is a gigantic informational ecosystem that can be used to quantify and test explanations of human behavior and social interaction.andlt;/Pandgt;

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"small gem of a book...perfect companion on a cross-country flight or during a long quiet evening in a favorite reading chair." David G. Stork, Artificial Life

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"An intriguing book that gives people without advanced math skills a window into how researchers are helping make sense of the Web." Curtis D. Fry, Technology & Society

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"For those determined to formulate a working understanding of the performance of individuals and communities on the World Wide Web, The Laws of the Web has a great many insights to offer." Jane C. Duffy, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship

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An accessible explanation of the hidden patterns found within the seemingly chaotic World Wide Web.

Synopsis:

Despite its haphazard growth, the Web hides powerful underlying regularities--from the organization of its links to the patterns found in its use by millions of users. Many of these regularities have been predicted on the basis of theoretical models based on a field of physics--statistical mechanics--that few would have thought applicable to the social domain.

Synopsis:

Despite its haphazard growth, the Web hides powerful underlying regularities — from the organization of its links to the patterns found in its use by millions of users. Many of these regularities have been predicted on the basis of theoretical models based on a field of physics — statistical mechanics — that few would have thought applicable to the social domain.In this book, Bernardo Huberman explains in accessible language the laws of the Web. One of the foremost researchers in the field, Huberman has established, for example, that the surfing patterns of individuals are describable by a precise law. Such findings can lead to more efficient Web design and use. They also shed light on social mechanisms whose significance goes beyond the Web. In this sense, the Web is a gigantic informational ecosystem that can be used to quantify and test explanations of human behavior and social interaction.

About the Author

Bernardo A. Huberman is an HP Fellow at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262582254
Subtitle:
Patterns in the Ecology of Information
Author:
Huberman, Bernardo A.
Author:
Huberman, B. A.
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Internet - World Wide Web
Subject:
Information Storage & Retrieval
Subject:
Internet searching
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Subject:
Web - General
Subject:
Computers Reference-Social Aspects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Th e Laws of the Web
Publication Date:
20030228
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 illus.
Pages:
115
Dimensions:
8 x 5.375 in

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Product details 115 pages MIT Press - English 9780262582254 Reviews:
"Review" by , "small gem of a book...perfect companion on a cross-country flight or during a long quiet evening in a favorite reading chair."
"Review" by , "An intriguing book that gives people without advanced math skills a window into how researchers are helping make sense of the Web."
"Review" by , "For those determined to formulate a working understanding of the performance of individuals and communities on the World Wide Web, The Laws of the Web has a great many insights to offer."
"Synopsis" by , An accessible explanation of the hidden patterns found within the seemingly chaotic World Wide Web.
"Synopsis" by , Despite its haphazard growth, the Web hides powerful underlying regularities--from the organization of its links to the patterns found in its use by millions of users. Many of these regularities have been predicted on the basis of theoretical models based on a field of physics--statistical mechanics--that few would have thought applicable to the social domain.
"Synopsis" by , Despite its haphazard growth, the Web hides powerful underlying regularities — from the organization of its links to the patterns found in its use by millions of users. Many of these regularities have been predicted on the basis of theoretical models based on a field of physics — statistical mechanics — that few would have thought applicable to the social domain.In this book, Bernardo Huberman explains in accessible language the laws of the Web. One of the foremost researchers in the field, Huberman has established, for example, that the surfing patterns of individuals are describable by a precise law. Such findings can lead to more efficient Web design and use. They also shed light on social mechanisms whose significance goes beyond the Web. In this sense, the Web is a gigantic informational ecosystem that can be used to quantify and test explanations of human behavior and social interaction.
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