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  1. Aug 2018
    1. Social scientists explain link formation through two families of mechanisms; one that finds it roots in sociology and the other one in economics. The sociological approach assumes that link formation is connected to the characteristics of individuals and their context. Chief examples of the sociological approach include what I will call the big three sociological link-formation hypotheses. These are: shared social foci, triadic closure, and homophily.
    2. Links are the essence of networks. So I will start this review by comparing the mechanisms used by natural and social scientists to explain link formation.