Centrality in valued graphs: A measure of betweenness based on network flow

Linton C. Freeman, Stephen P. Borgatti, Douglas R. White

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A new measure of centrality, CF, is introduced. It is based on the concept of network flows. While conceptually similar to Freeman's original measure, CB, the new measure differs from the original in two important ways. First, CF is defined for both valued and non-valued graphs. This makes CF applicable to a wider variety of network datasets. Second, the computation of CF is not based on geodesic paths as is CB but on all the independent paths between all pairs of points in the network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-154
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Networks
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Psychology (all)

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