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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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We compared them with ordinary gigs, using t-tests, for: (1) number of attendees; (2) number of connections; (3) coreness; and (4) geographical homophily.
Sociologists use the word homophily to describe the natural phenomenon that individuals prefer to associate with those who hold similar preferences and worldviews to their own.
Essentially, agricultural education teachers adhere to the homophily principle: strong bonds are formed with little effort between similar individuals (McPherson, Smith-Lovin, & Cook, 2001).
In this example it is easy to see that the level of homophily has direct implications for infection potential with a risk setting.
They discovered the patterns of homophily associated with social roles and statuses.
Health information, credibility, homophily, and influence via the Internet: web sites versus discussion groups.
Homophily and differential returns: sex differences in network structures and access in an advertising firm.
that people influence one another), and because of homophily (i.
Viewer Aggression and Homophily, Identification, and Parasocial Relationships with Television Characters.
Variables, such as message source credibility, level of product involvement, message content, and homophily, were found to play an important role in eWOM acceptance and effectiveness.
We must investigate whether there is any tendency for co-authors to privilege certain relationships within the various programs, and a homophily analysis was therefore conducted for the study case.