Social Network of AJAX Books

Dietrich Kappe has done another of those social network studies of book consumption using Amazon’s Other Customer’s also Bought...

(The original (at least, the first one I heard about) being Valdis Krebb’s Study of polarised political book buying).

The graph isn’t so pretty as Krebb’s, but it is more interesting in that it shows a more complex picture than the rather-to-be-expected left/right political divide of American politics.

Choice of programming language is also political of course, and it’s interesting that Kappe’s study shows that related books on server-side languages break up into subnets, whilst client-side technologies like CSS and javascript form a common ground (as you’d expect really).

If you’ve written or read similar studies, I’d appreciate it if you’d link to ’em in the comments.

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2 Comments »

  1. Here is my original 1999 white paper on mapping book networks…

    http://www.orgnet.com/booknet.html

  2. Thanks for that, it’s an interesting technique – how’d you come up with it?

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