***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hey all- 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 settings. 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. Any thoughts? Is there some lovely network simulator and graphing package out there that I am missing? Thanks (I'll repost compile replies for collective wisdom). Jordi Jordi Comas Assistant Professor School of Management Bucknell University 570 577-3161 <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask] Ideas, Commentary and Research Blog: <http://www.netsweweave.wordpress.com/> www.netsweweave.wordpress.com Personal website: <http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/jcomas> http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/jcomas "There is nothing so practical as a good theory." Kurt Lewin "Not all learning leads to intelligent behavior." James March "I often say sociology is a martial art, a means of self-defense. Basically, you use it to defend yourself, without having the right to use if for unfair attacks." Pierre Bourdieu "These are hard times to get it right, but the easy answers to yesterday's debate won't get it right." Lawrence Lessig _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.