September 24, 2004

Friday Cat Blogging (Science Geek Edition: Special Complex Networks Issue)

It has been known for a long time that cats have a special affinity with computers, and particularly with programs that facilitate social interaction. It was thus inevitable that there would eventually be social networking site exclusively for cats: Catster. Since physicists interested in complex networks have already investigated the structure of the dolphin social network of Doubtful Sound, New Zealand, and I know someone is working on a herd of buffalo, I am sure we can soon expect to soon see a detailed analysis of this unique network. After all, it includes over 9000 nodes and is growing rapidly, though I have it from an authoritative source that the social interface is not yet optimized for felines.

(Via Fred Feinberg Grazzi, who has her own site. Photo credit: Abdussattar Shalizi, December 2001.)

Complexity; Friday Cat Blogging; Networks; Linkage

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