ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops | Getting Started with Social Network Analysis | Kevin L. Young

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Monday, July 13, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Online Event - Login credentials via email for registered participants

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW CLOSED


This workshop will be offered online.


Description: Network analysis is increasingly used by social scientists to capture properties of complex relationships. It is both a descriptive device and an inferential tool, and is often used alongside other methods. Unlike many other quantitative techniques, the heart of network analysis presumes that actors are interconnected, rather than independent observations.

This 3-day (9-hour) intensive beginners workshop covers all the necessary elements to get started with network analysis in your own research. It will allow you to read, interpret and critique other scholars’ network analysis results, and to build up a range of specific skills and tools that can grow over time.

We will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • How to build your own network data from scratch
  • The basic components of network analysis and its specialized language and concepts
  • How to generate interactive network visualizations for presentations and data discovery
  • Identifying and addressing problems in network data
  • Learning how to compare networks based on their structural properties
  • Generating network statistics

The workshop proceeds by way of short lectures and breakout sessions involving working with real data and coding. Participants will work with a variety of network-relational datasets, provided by the workshop. We will be doing hands-on work in the R statistical environment, but no prior knowledge of R is required.

Instructor:  Kevin L. Young is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work focuses on international political economy, especially the operation of interest group coalitions and elite networks. He is the author (with Thomas Hale and David Held) of Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation is Failing When it is Most Needed (Polity Press), and has published work in Review of International Political Economy, Public Administration, Regulation and Governance, Socio-Economic Review and International Studies Quarterly

Questions? For more information about this or any of the ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops, please contact ISSR Director of Methodology Programs Jessica Pearlman (jpearlman@issr.umass.edu).


REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW CLOSED

Five College Students and Faculty

  • Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students…………………………..$115/person
  • Five College Faculty………………………………………………………………....$225/person

Non-Five College Students and Faculty

  • Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students…………………………..$225/person
  • Non-Five College Faculty………………………………………………………………....$320/person

Registration note: The Five Colleges include: UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Registration closes for each workshop 2 full business days prior to the start date. Please note: payment of registration does not guarantee a spot in these space-limited workshops. You will receive an email confirming the names of workshops for which your registration has been accepted. If a workshop you have registered for is over-subscribed, you will be refunded and offered placement on a wait-list.. If paying with departmental funds or personal checks, contact Karen Mason (mason@issr.umass.edu).

Cancellation note: In cases where enrollment is 5 or less, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop.  In cases where the registrant cancels prior to the workshop, a full refund will be given with two weeks notice, and 50% refund will be given with one week notice.  We will not be able to refund in cases where registrant does not notify us of cancellation at least one week prior to the beginning date of the workshop.