Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., and James H. Fowler, Ph.D. recently published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled The Collective Dynamics of Smoking in a Large Social Network.
What is fantastic with this article published online is that there is a page with supplementary material containing an animation entitled: Dynamic Graphic Representation of a Portion of the Framingham Heart Study Social Network (pump up the volume).
I’ll admit – I didn’t read the article. My eyes are too exhausted from editing my thesis (and yet somehow I find the will to blog). However, the animation was clear enough, and though I may not have as much information as I would have had by reading the article, I believe I got the essential information that I needed, and because I’m a very visual person, was able to comprehend the message quite quickly.
If only I could have done a giant Tag Cloud of my jumbled thoughts for my thesis!
- The Collective Dynamics of Smoking in a Large Social Network | The New England Journal of Medicine | Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., and James H. Fowler, Ph.D. | 22 May 2008