Abstract by Alex Loyd
Centrality Measure Comparisons Across Competing Kinship Network Representations
The FamilySearch data set is the largest empirical kinship network in the world. Although partially available to the public, little is known about its structure. One reason for this is that there are competing representations of kinship networks. We outline some of the biases produced by each of these representations and compare their effect on common centrality measures that rank the importance of individuals in a network. Our findings help construct a mathematical framework for analyzing the FamilySearch data set and kinship networks in general as a unique class of networks.