RESEARCHING THE CONNECTED WORLD : An Introduction to Social Network Analysis
<p>Dr. Andrew Papachristos<br>Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst</p>
Are you interested in learning what constitutes peer pressure? How does marriage affect banking relationships? Global trade patterns and modern art? The answers to nearly all these questions are based in an understanding of social networks and how they are structured. This workshop will introduce the concepts and methods of Social Network Analysis, a burgeoning scientific field that spans disciplines. Researchers studying peer network, criminal networks, global management and business networks will benefit from this workshop.
The morning session will introduce a variety of network concepts and methods, with particular attention paid to properties such as: centrality, social cohesion, social contagion, formal characteristics of global and local network structures, and a brief introduction to statistical models for social networks. The afternoon session will guide the participant through a hands-on network tutorial using freely available software and data including PAJEK and UCInet (freeware). Please note that all participants MUST supply their own laptop.