Calling Dunbar's numbers

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  • University of Oxford

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The social brain hypothesis predicts that humans have an average of about 150 relationships at any given time. Within this 150, there are layers of friends of an ego, where the number of friends in a layer increases as the emotional closeness decreases. Here we analyse a mobile phone dataset, firstly, to ascertain whether layers of friends can be identified based on call frequency. We then apply different clustering algorithms to break the call frequency of egos into clusters and compare the number of alters in each cluster with the layer size predicted by the social brain hypothesis. In this dataset we find strong evidence for the existence of a layered structure. The clustering yields results that match well with previous studies for the innermost and outermost layers, but for layers in between we observe large variability.

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AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Sivut151-155
Sivumäärä5
JulkaisuSOCIAL NETWORKS
Vuosikerta47
TilaJulkaistu - 1 lokakuuta 2016
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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