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Re: [igraph] average path length

From: Simone Gabbriellini
Subject: Re: [igraph] average path length
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 09:47:03 +0200

Dear Alisa,

I am not an expert in igraph, but in my opinion this is a normal way to use an average value...

think about demographic issues, like "Italian women have an average of 1.2 children each"...

what does it means 1.2 child? a complete child plus two legs?

it is just an average, an ideal-type that you don't expect to find in reality.

Best regards,

Il giorno 23/ago/08, alle ore 00:32, Alisa Coffin ha scritto:

Dear igraph list,

I was wondering if someone could help me with a response to this
question that I received from a reviewer.  I reported average path
length for some graphs, which in one case was given by igraph as
43.81249.  I reported it in the manuscript as 43.81.  The reviewer

"As I understand this, the units of average path length are edges,
which are described by integers.  Is it meaningful to say that the
average of integers is a real number?"

Any thoughts or responses would be greatly appreciated.

Alisa Coffin

Alisa Coffin, PhD. Candidate
Department of Geography
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

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