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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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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:
9780262083034
Author:
Huberman, Bernardo
Author:
Huberman, B. A.
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Internet - World Wide Web
Subject:
Information Storage & Retrieval
Subject:
World Wide Web
Subject:
Internet searching
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Subject:
Web - General
Subject:
World Wide Web -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Computers Reference-Social Aspects
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references (p. ).
Series:
The Laws of the Web
Series Volume:
963
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 illus.
Pages:
115
Dimensions:
8 x 5.375 in

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"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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