I gave a 3-step program to getting into social network analysis.
On reflection, I want to add a 4th step and a caution:
4. Play with UCINet software. It's relatively inexpensive, has a lot of
aspects that fit well with the Wasserman-Faust book and comes with sample
datasets. Also play with the accompanying Krackplot graphical software
which integrates with it, and pray for an updating of it.
Caution: Don't get hung up on thinking that social network analysis is a
quant-only game. It ain't. Dare I say it's a paradigm (or when I chicken
out, I say "an approach"). It's a way of looking at social phenomena,
including gathering data and analyzing it. Many of the best analyses have
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