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The Viking Facebook

15
Jul
2014

An unusual article recently appeared in the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and American Statistical Association. This whimsical-seeming piece of scholarship went on to describe the social network of more than 1,500 characters in the Icelandic Sagas, epic tales about the colonization of Iceland around a thousand years ago that were first written down a few hundred years after that. It was the work of a pair of statistical physicists, Ralph Kenna of University of Coventry in the UK and his graduate student Pádraig Mac Carron, now at Oxford, who are applying the tools of their trade to works of epic literature, legend, and myth. Demonstration of social network analysis, with red lines representing unfriendly connections and green lines representing friendly ones.

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