***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** What specific features about WM impressed you? If you're not in the mood to build your own functions but still want a flexible& scalable analytic package, there are a wide variety of free and relatively well-documented packages for R such as network, sna, and statnet. On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 4:21 PM, Jeff Nickerson <[log in to unmask]>wrote: > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > I find Mathematica one of many valuable tools for analyzing social > networks. If you want to use it, understand that you will end up > building many of your own functions - there are few canned procedures > specific to social networks. But there is a rich set of mathematical > primitives to draw from, including a range of graph traversal > algorithms. In particular, see the wonderful book Computational > Discrete Mathematics: Combinatorics And Graph Theory With Mathematica > by Steven S. Skiena and Sriram Pemmaraju. Also, for visualizing > networks, look at the GraphPlot functionality in the Mathematica > documentation. You will find out what Mathematica is strong at, and > you will probably use other tools, including the many packages in R, > for tasks that Mathematica is not ideal for. > > On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM, Renato Matheus <[log in to unmask]> > wrote: > > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > > > Dear list members, > > > > I attended a commercial presentation of Wolfram Mathematica (WM) > software. It > > impressed me very much. > > > > I'd like to know your opinion (Does it deserve attention as I guess > now?), as > > well as suggestions, examples and papers, about the possible use WM in > the > > analysis of SN data. Such software has a graph package, a data library > and > > functionalities for statistical and interactive data analysis and > visualization. > > > > Nevertheless, I couldn't find many papers from social network area that > mention > > it. > > > > I've done an initial search. I far as I know there is no reference to WM > in > > Linton Freeman, and Mak Huisman and Marijtje Duijn's chapters (in Models > and > > Methods in SNA book). INSNA website old software list does not mention it > also. > > My search ("social network" "Wolfram mathematica") in Google Schoolar > returned > > just 1 paper, and in Google Web returned mainly commercial links from > Wolfram. > > There is no relevant reference in SOCNET list archive. Finally, I've > found only > > 2 real citations in Social Networks journal (John P. Boyda and William J. > > Fitzgeraldb et al. deal with core/periphery structure). > > > > Is that all? > > > > Currently, I adopt UCINET. I'm testing WM functionalities for SNA in my > academic > > > > project. > > > > > > For those that eventually don't know WM, there are some [graphical] > > demonstrations in: > > http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/search.html?query=social+network. > > > > Thanks for your help, > > > > Renato Fabiano http://www.rfmatheus.com.br > > PhD Student at UFMG, Brazil http://ppgci.eci.ufmg.br/ > > > > > > > > > > _____________________________________________________________________ > > 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. > > > > _____________________________________________________________________ > 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. > -- Brian C. Keegan Ph.D. Student - Media, Technology, & Society School of Communication, Northwestern University Science of Networks in Communities, Laboratory for Collaborative Technology, Center for Technology & Social Behavior _____________________________________________________________________ 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.