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Webometrics provides methods to support web research in the social sciences and humanities. It involves investigating web-based content, primarily using quantitative methods that are not specific to a discipline. Webometric studies, typically, introduce a new method, apply an existing method, or assess the validity of a method or data source. This entry discusses the three main types of analysis in traditional webometrics, the use of webometrics to study the social web, and software used for webometrics.

Traditional Webometrics

The three main traditional styles of webometric study are (1) network analyses, (2) impact analyses, and (3) search engine analyses. Web network analysis, sometimes also called hyperlink network analysis, creates networks of websites from hyperlinks or other connections between them. The purpose of the network diagram is to illustrate ...

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