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Table 1 Comparing interaction networks of the three online communities and testing for goodness-of-fit of power functions to degree distributions

From: Online community management as social network design: testing for the signature of management activities in online communities

  Innovatori PA Edgeryders Matera2019
Policy “no special policy” “onboard new users” “onboard new users”
 In existence since December 2008 October 2011 March 2013
 Accounts created 10,815 2419 512
 Active participants (nodes) 619 596 198
 Number of edges (weighted) 1241 4073 883
 Average distance 3.77 2.34 2.51
 Maximum degree 155 238 46
 Average degree 2.033 6.798 4.454
Goodness-of-fit for k≥1
 exponent 1.611 1.477 1.606
p-value 0.21 0.00 (reject) 0.00 (reject)
Goodness-of-fit for kk min
k min 2 5 6
 exponent 1.834 2.250 2.817
p-value 0.76 0.45 0.94
  1. “Exponent” refers to the power law’s scaling parameter. “p-value” to the result of the test that the degree distribution of the community was generated by a power law with that exponent