%0 Conference Paper
%1 pfaltz2012entropy
%A Pfaltz, John L.
%B Proceedings of the SOCINFO
%D 2012
%K analysis closure entropy network sna social toread
%T Entropy in Social Networks
%X We introduce the concepts of closed sets and closure operators as mathematical tools for the study of social networks. Dynamic networks are represented by transformations. It is shown that under continuous change/transformation, all networks tend to "break down" and become less complex. It is a kind of entropy. The product of this theoretical decomposition is an abundance of triadically closed clusters which sociologists have observed in practice. This gives credence to the relevance of this kind of mathematical analysis in the sociological context.