Mohammad Amin Fazli Sharif University of Technology
A Brief Introduction to Strategic Network Formation (Game Theoretical Approach)

While the random-network models are used as a main tool for modeling large and complex networks that exhibit certain features, they are still lacking some important aspects. In particular, there are many settings in which not only chance but also choice plays a central role in determining relationships. Social settings generally involve sentient actors who have discretion in which relationships they form and maintain and generally have discretion in how much effort, time, or other resources they devote to different relationships. Examples include trading relationships, political alliances, employer-employee relationships, marriages, professional collaborations, citations, email correspondence, and friendships. In this talk, we will give an overview of the concepts and (game theoretical) models around these settings.