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October 4, 2012

According to a study demonstrated by Stanley Milgram in 1967, human society is a small-world-type network characterized by short path-lengths. Milgram's experiment depends on the probability that two randomly selected people would know each other. He imagined the population as a social network and attempt to find the average path lenght between any two nodes. Therefore, the experiment had been designed to measure these path lengths by developing a procedure to count the number of ties between any two people. 

Apart from all the details, he came with a conclusion that the world is becoming increasingly interconnected and hence, poeple in the world are amazingly connected to each other within a type of chain. Additionally, the average path lenght fell around five and a half or six. Thus, at the end it is concluded that people are separated by about six people on average. 

I strongly think that this experiment is a stunning example for today's social networks on internet. I highly recommend you to study it. For more information you can easily google it as Stanley Milgram Small World Problem. I believe that it will help you to improve the knowledge of English as well as intellectuel point of view. I should mention that for me it is tremendously interesting and important. I am also looking forward to hearing from you guys. I mean, your comments concerning this experiment. I felt that it is worth sharing here.

Best regards,

Polat 

 

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