Data-driven modeling of collaboration networks: A cross-domain analysis

27 April 2017

How do economic actors or scientists choose their collaboration partners? On the one hand, one would argue that scientists as decision makers are quited different from firms. On the other hand, in order to reproduce macroscopic structure such as a collaboration network, we may not need to include all the microscopic details that distinguish economic from social agent.

In our article, we adopt a data-driven modeling approach to calibrate and validate a previously proposed agent-based model that abstract from these microscopic details, to capture only the essential features of the decision making process. The model is characterized by five parameters which relate to strategies adopted by economic actors or scientists when choosing their collaboration partners. Our results shed new light on the long-lasting question about the role of endogenous and exogenous factors in the formation of collaboration networks.