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The team behind Wolfram Alpha, the computational search engine that performs complex and comparative searches (and provides some of Siri’s responses) has just released a detailed report on the structure of over a million people’s Facebook profiles. Examples of the visualized data include clusters of friend networks – based on their inter-connectedness and physical location, how the distribution of someone’s friend’s ages change with that person’s age, as well as the how the fraction of one’s friends’ relationship statuses differ based on age. This NY Times article gives a concise overview of the report, but what can be extremely interesting is when you take a look at your profile through the lens of Wolfram Alpha and see your own social networks deconstructed.

Notice how two of my networks of friends closely intersect and yet are still discrete.

My friend networks – Notice how two of my networks of friends closely intersect and yet are still discrete.

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