Thursday, 23 April 2015

Social Network Analysis

USP / CO:STA Workshop by Matthew Mahutga (University of California-Riverside)

This workshop is an introduction to social network analysis emphasizing the subset of techniques often seen in macro-comparative social science. It will begin a brief discussion of social network analysis as applied to macro-comparative questions. We then introduce basic network notation, matrices and graphs. The major network analytic tools to be covered include centrality, singular value decomposition/correspondence analysis, and classic analyses of roles & positions. Using the software UCInet, participants will calculate centrality indices, measure the structural and regular equivalence of each pair of nodes in a matrix, and decompose raw and equivalence matrices into reduced-rank approximations.


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