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A theory in sociology that people tend to form connections with others who are similar to them in characteristics such as socioeconomic status, values, beliefs, or attitudes.

ho·moph′i·lous adj.
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This paper drew references from social network theories and highlighted propinquity, homophily and heterophily as three key mechanisms for building research collaboration networks.
Homophily analysis further demonstrates the positive influence of geography as a forecaster of cooperation during response activities.
133) Racial homophily, operative for whites as well as blacks, continues to separate networks.
The construct of people like me is based on the homophily concept (Brown & Reingen, 1987) that refers to the degree to which pairs of respondents are similar in terms of their attributes, in this case, education, age and gender.
They found that most tweets are not reciprocated, but there is some evidence of homophily among users.
Perhaps this patter confirms to the hunch that as density of management graduates increases in a firm there are higher chances of creating vacancies for management graduates, something closer to the phenomenon of homophily (13).
Similarly, Gupta and Govindarajan (2000) posit that the extent of interunit homophily (similar beliefs, education, shared languages, and meanings) of the related two parties positively influences knowledge inflow from the headquarters to the subsidiaries.
Homophily and differential returns: sex circles in managerial network structure and access in an advertising firm.
Petray, Theresa 2010 "'This isn't a black issue": homophily and diversity in Aboriginal activism', Social Movement Studies 9(4):411-24.
Future research on early career success should include not only measures of placement centers but also measures of informal networks, including homophily, range, tie strengths and density.