OPTIMAL CONNECTIONS: STRENGTH AND DISTANCE IN VALUED GRAPHS. Yang, Song and David Knoke RESEARCH QUESTION: How to identify optimal connections, that is, direct or indirect paths between dyads that permit the highest exchange volumes while taking into account the actors’ costs of interaction?.
How to determine the path value/optimal connection when multiple paths/path values present between two nodes.
How to account for the transaction costs of exchanges involving many go- betweens.
C52 = 5!/3!*2!=10, which is the maximum number of dyad relationships for 10 actors.