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Social network analysis has been one of the fastest growing and most influential areas of recent times. Why has this happened? What are the key features of social network analysis?

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Chapter 23: A Brief Introduction to Analyzing Social Network Data

A Brief Introduction to Analyzing Social Network Data

A brief introduction to analyzing social network data
Robert A.Hanneman and MarkRiddle


Social network analysts use two kinds of tools from mathematics to represent information about patterns of ties among social actors: graphs and matrices. In this chapter, we'll provide a very quick sketch about how social networks can be represented with these tools and we will discuss some of the things that these representations let us see more clearly. We'll extend our look at the “toolkit” of social network analysts by looking at how they approach some of the most commonly asked questions about the texture of whole networks and the ways that individuals are embedded in them.

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