Reach-Based Assessment of Position

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A new measure based upon an actor's reachability to other individuals within the network is presented as an improved means to study adversarial, clandestine networks. This measure was initially motivated by (1) characteristics of existing power and status measures and (2) the requirement to quickly estimate the importance of actors within networks whose data is obtained via distant and error-prone methods. Related measures are reviewed and the underlying assumptions and theoretical bases are presented. The measure is then applied to exemplar networks and analyzed.


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