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Thanks Sergio - it's good to know I'm not working in a vacuum.

While I use very basic graph/network theory and thematic content
analysis in my dissertation, I am also working on an NSF-funded project
here at Maryland that is somewhat more sophisticated, focusing on the
communication of precedent in the American legal system. In one
approach, we look at citations to prior case law as our main empirical
evidence, and the other, we are attempting to compare "forensic markers"
(e.g., unique lexical patterns) across court decisions and court briefs.
The latter approach probably comes closest to a true blending of network
and content analytics, but we are still in the early stages of research,
and have many lessons to learn.


FWD >>>
Date:    Wed, 4 Jan 2006 13:10:43 -0700
Subject: Re: SNA and other methods?

The other purpose for my question is for a paper I'm beginning on how
SNA is utilized with other methods.  Is SNA the primary method for the
study?  Is it a secondary one?  Is it presented as a method of similar
parity with the other(s)?  Is there a trend combining SNA with growth in
SNA itself?

Ken Cousins
Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda
Department of Government and Politics
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University of Maryland, College Park
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