Quantitative Social Science Initiative Colloquium - Nathaniel Porter

Choosing a Social Network Tool: An Introduction for Non-specialists
When Dec 06, 2013
from 12:10 PM to 01:15 PM
Where B001 Sparks - the 'Databasement'
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Contact Phone 814-867-2720
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Social network analysis is a rapidly growing field, and has been profitably integrated in a variety of other, more traditional, social science approaches in sociology, psychology, economics and political science. Because of its data structure, social network analysis often requires specialized software packages, which can be intimidating and difficult to choose between. This workshop will introduce UCINET and NodeXL, two social network tools suitable for non-specialists, as well as briefly discussing network modules available within three major statistical packages (Stata, SAS, and R). Advantages and disadvantages will be discussed, and a simple example analysis will be replicated with each package.

Nathaniel is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Penn State. His work, largely in the sociology of religion, focuses on using social networks and other advanced methods to better represent our theoretical understanding of social processes. Recently, he has analyzed the role of family and friend networks in changing religious identity among adolescents. His current work with QuaSSI uses social network tools to understand clustering, centrality and bridging in online religious book-buying patterns and recommendations.

Light lunch will be served.