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I am teaching Watts' Six Degrees book and I would really like to be able
to show the students graphs (visualizations) of some of the ideas he
presents. These are first year liberal arts students. So, I want them to
understand the idea of models and how a changing parameter can affect the
model. For example, Watts describes their alpha model and how the
likelihood of new ties as a function of number of mutual ties can generate
all kinds of models.
In my dreams, I fire up a computer, load some sort of app, and presto!
They can see different types of networks (and also get some descriptive
stats or measurements) based on changing some initial parameters. I know
the socnet community has lots of software people have developed, but my
need is more pedagogical- simple, visual, and dynamic. Maybe what I need
is a "live" simulation that changes visually according to those initial
This little demo is close: http://stat.gamma.rug.nl/snijders/siena.html
And it is very nice. But the meanings of the parameters' values are a bit
opaque (to me at least). And I can't regraph the network out of a circle.
Is there some lovely network simulator and graphing package out there that
I am missing?
Thanks (I'll repost compile replies for collective wisdom).
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