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International Network for Social Network Analysis

Subject: Multidisciplinary - Social Sciences


ISSN: 0226-1766



Strategic and Genetic Networking: Relational Endowment in a Local Cultural Offer
A Visual Data Collection Method: German Local Parties and Associations

VOLUME 37 , ISSUE 1-2 (June 2017) - List of articles

Networks and Institutionalization: A Neo-structural Approach

Emmanuel Lazega

This paper is the text prepared for the keynote address of the EUSN 2017 conference in Mainz, Germany. A short presentation of concepts reflects in part the foundations of neo-structural sociology (NSS) and its use of social and organisational network analyses, combined with other methodologies, to better understand the roles of structure and culture in individual and collective agency. The presentation shows how NSS accounts for institutional change by focusing on the importance of combined rel(..)

DOI: 10.21307/connections-2017-001

Are We in Agreement? Benchmarking and Reliability Issues between Social Network Analytic Programs

Philip J. Murphy/ Karen T. Cuenco/ YuFei Wang

Reliability and validity are key concerns for any researcher. We investigate these concerns as they apply to social network analysis programs. Six well-used and trusted programs were compared on four common centrality measures (degree, betweenness, closeness, and eigenvector) under a variety of network topographies. We identify notable inconsistencies between programs that may not be apparent to the average user of these programs. Specifically, each program may have implemented a variant of a gi(..)

DOI: 10.21307/connections-2017-002

A Visual Data Collection Method: German Local Parties and Associations

Isabelle Borucki

This research captures local networks of German political parties and welfare agencies in regards to poverty. The article explores whether there are differences in regards to homophily and brokerage between the two studied groups using a dataset of 33 egonetworks in two German cities. The computer assisted drawn networks were collected in an interactive participative way together with the interviewed egonetworks. To achieve the theoretical aim of analysing homophily and brokerage between politic(..)

DOI: 10.21307/connections-2017-003

Compositional Equivalence with Actor Attributes: Positional Analysis of the Florentine Families Network

J. Antonio Rivero Ostoic

This paper extends Compositional Equivalence – which is a structural correspondence type intended for multiplex networks – by incorporating actor attributes in the modeling of the network relational structure as diagonal matrices. As an illustration, we construct the positional system of the Florentine families network with Business and Marriage ties together with relevant characteristics acquired from the actors such as the families’ financial Wealth and the number of Priorates they held. Diffe(..)

DOI: 10.21307/connections-2017-004

Strategic and Genetic Networking: Relational Endowment in a Local Cultural Offer

Andrea Gallelli

The local theatrical offer is the result of all the theatre companies which perform shows in each other’s venues. Theatre hospitality is an inherently relational phenomenon, and besides big national and international tours, it is an important part of the local cultural landscape. Aiming at contributing to the literature on network analysis applied to the inquiry on culture, the research adopts the network perspective to test hypotheses on companies’ relational behaviors and mechanisms of network(..)

DOI: 10.21307/connections-2017-005

The Boston Special Youth Project Affiliation Dataset

Jacob T.N. Young/ Scott H. Decker/ Gary Sweeten

The Boston Special Youth Project (SYP) Affiliation dataset is a large, bipartite network representing interactions among 166 gang members from seven gangs for nearly three years. The project was conducted from June 1954 to May 1957 and represents one of the most elaborate gang intervention programs ever conducted. The SYP was a “detached-worker program,” where an adult (typically a graduate student from one of the surrounding universities) was assigned to an area (local parks, housing projects) (..)

DOI: 10.21307/connections-2017-006

IkeNet: Email and Friendship Evolution

Ian McCulloh

Network evolution is an important problem for social scientists, management consultants, and social network scholars. Unfortunately, few empirical data sets exist that have sufficient data to fully explore evolution dynamics. Increasingly, more and more online data sets are used in lieu of offline, face-to-face data. The veracities of these findings are questionable, however, because there are few studies exploring the similarity of online-offline dynamics. The IkeNet project investigated online(..)

DOI: 10.21307/connections-2017-008

Creating a Conference Poster with High-Resolution Network Figures

Jürgen Pfeffer

Creating a poster with high-resolution network images can be a challenging task. In this article, the process of exporting a network figure from a network analysis tool, importing it in a vector graphics tool, and preparing the poster for print is discussed. The steps include critical strategies for producing print-quality figures that also apply to the preparation of network figures for journal publication. We discuss different file formats and argue that the favorite tool for creating conferen(..)

DOI: 10.21307/connections-2017-007

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