Betweenness to assess leaders in criminal networks: New evidence using the dual projection approach

Francesco Calderoni, Monica Bianchi, Anna Torriero, Rosanna Grassi, R. Grassi

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Abstract

Brokerage is crucial for dark networks. In analyzing communications among criminals, which naturally induce bipartite networks, previous studies have focused on the classic Freeman's betweenness, conceived for one-mode matrices and possibly biasing the results. We explore different betweenness centrality including three inspired by the dual projection approach recently suggested by Everett and Borgatti 2013. We test these measures in identifying criminal leaders in a meeting participation network. Despite the expected high correlations among them, the measures yield different node rankings, capturing different characteristics of brokerage. Overall, the dual projection approaches show higher success than classic approaches in identifying the criminal leaders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-32
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Networks
Volume56
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Criminal networks
  • Dual projection
  • Flow betweenness
  • Topological centrality
  • Two-mode networks

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