homophily


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homophily

The selection of peers because of their perceived similarity to oneself. The making of friendships and the modeling of one's behavior on others with whom one feels kinship.
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Three metrics are used to assess communitarian features of partisan Facebook discussions: communitarian identification, mobilization, and homophily. Communitarian identification is defined as a sense of group identity--that is, a feeling of belonging to a broader ideological community--and it is operationalized as the use of first-person plural pronouns (we, our) and the use of verbs in the first-person plural.
While certain areas of research, including performing arts (34%), literature (29%) and information science (22%) are highly heterophilic, others stand much closer to the US model, with high rates of homophily between the country of the books' topics and reviewers.
The homophily principle contends that similarity breeds connection, and such connections affect personal networks in various types of social structures.
Whether it's due to algorithms (as Eli Pariser believes) or simply due to homophily and the cognitive dangers from birds of a feather flocking together (as Cass Sunstein and I, separately, have argued), echo chambers and filter bubbles seem to form online, surrounding us with content that tends to polarize us.
The prevalence of homophily -- the tendency for people to form friendships with others as demographically similar to them as possible -- is noted in diverse communities across the world, ancient and modern.
On this particular subject, Boyd, Golder, and Lotan (2010) note that the retweeting is an action that extends far beyond the mere acts of copying and retransmitting and that "contributes to a conversational ecology." Likewise, according to Macskassy and Michelson (2011), the communicative atmosphere generated by the retweets may be classified based on four main models: General Model, Recent Communication Model, On-topic Model and, finally, Homophily Model.
What's more, they can attract other students who are predisposed to similar behaviors into the group, a process known as homophily. When homophily occurs among bullies, for example, bullying behavior is socially reinforced, causing it to continue and even grow among group members.
Now, using the photo-sharing site Instagram as a test case, Columbia researchers demonstrated how two common recommendation algorithms amplify a network effect known as homophily in which similar or like-minded people cluster together.