Does E-mail Convey Information?
At last, scientific evidence that e-mail actually contains measurable (Shannon)
- Jean-Pierre Eckmann, Elisha Moses and Danilo Sergi, "Dialog in e-Mail
- Abstract: Connectivity and topology are known to yield information
about networks, whose origin is self-organized, but the impact of temporal
dynamics in a network is still mostly unexplored. Using an information
theoretic approach to e-mail exchange, we show that an e-mail network allows
for a separation of static and dynamic structures within it. The static
structures are related to organizational units such as departments. The
temporally linked structures turn out to be more goal-oriented, functional
units such as committees and user groups.
It's a cool idea, and, unlike many ventures into information theory by my
fellow physicists, actually pretty well done. It's also a sign that I need to
finish that paper about measuring distributed information in networks very
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