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David Lazer's blog points to an interesting paper by Ines Mergel and
Marina Hennig -- "Market Analysis of 'Social Network Analysis' Books".
They look at both English and German titles.
Surprising to me was that this paper did not include a network analysis
of the books! So I did a quick one last night using the 11 English
titles they mention as "Egos" and Amazon's also-bought data as directed
links. Of course, each of the Egos and their Alters overlapped with
many other Egos & Alters so I combined them into one component. I also
did a quick calculation of which book was most influential based on
buying behavior -- the directed links [not on number sold].
Original Mergel-Hennig paper:
My network analysis: http://www.orgnet.com/SNABookAnalysis.gif
This SNA of SNA books should drive the participants of the recent
SOCNET debates about "What is SNA" absolutely crazy. ;-)
> SNA is the analysis of social networks, but there are multiple
> definitions of "social network." Harrison White insists they are a
> phenomenological construct as well as a measurement construct. The
> Economist magazine refers to what I would call "on-line collaboration
> tool users" as "social networks." The social networks of Elizabeth
> Bott are, in some senses, different than the social networks of Duncan
> Watts. There is certainly commonality, but it strikes me that the
> methods for analysis would be different for the different definitions
> and that philosophical questions about our subject matter are
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