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Abstract by Alex Loyd

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Presenter's Name

Alex Loyd

Co-Presenters

None

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Co-Authors

None

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Department

Mathematics

Faculty Advisor

Ben Webb

Title

Centrality Measure Comparisons Across Competing Kinship Network Representations

Abstract

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.