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I wonder how SNA packages will move to finally embrace and serve growing
interest in network dynamics. Especially in visualization I get little
help from the otherwise (more and more) terrific packages:
UCINET, NETDRAW and PAJEK.
A first step that I would find very useful would be to incorporate
procrustean analysis (or adjustment) into multidimensional scaling (or
spring embedder) modules that are part of each of these packages.
Procrustean adjustment would enable those interested in drawing networks
(of more or less the same actors) in consecutive time periods to see the
effect of network change on graphs, and filter out the effect of
contingency (by invariant transformations).
Is there any package that is able to accomplish this?
I know that there are some now pretty antique MDS packages that do
procrustean analysis. Would UCINET, NETDRAW, PAJEK or other packages
move this way? Or is there some other way?
Ph D student, Sociology
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