The 'friendship paradox' doesn't always explain real friendships, mathematicians say - Deepstash
The friendship paradox

The paradox states that, on average, your friends are more popular than you are.

Sociologist Scott Feld first explained the friendship paradox in 1991 in the...

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The 'friendship paradox' doesn't always explain real friendships, mathematicians say

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Lead author George Cantwell says averages are often highly misleading. Some people are less popular than their friends. Others are more so.

Cantwell and his colleagues develo...

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  • The friendship paradox is stronger in social networks that are made up of people with varied popularities.
  • Our social circles are biased sampl...

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