NADINE – internet links reveal patterns of interaction

« The internet is currently made up of around 50 billion pages, linked to form a vast, virtual landscape. Our interaction provides data which, when broken down and analysed, can help us understand a wide range of human activities from the cultural to the economic.

Funded by the EU’s FP7 under the Future and Emerging Technologies scheme, the New tools and Algorithms for DIrected NEtwork analysis (NADINE) project is contributing to the development of new types of search engines, putting Europe in the lead in this important area.

‘We are trying to map the net to show how pages are linked together and how people use these links in their voyage around the net,’ says NADINE project coordinator, Dima Shepelyansky research director at the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, CNRS Toulouse.

The project uses, among other tools, some provided by Google to show how pages are linked together Doing so can, for example, show the probability of people visiting certain sites, making choices, buying objects or voting in certain ways (…) »