With Sienna being added in R this is makes for an even stronger argument. As Brian mentions R may require a bit of tweaking, but hey! It is free. A while back (in the days of 8/16 bit processors) using Mathematica was better for numerical accuracy because of its 80 bit precision. It helped us catch the 266 bug. Today, with 64 bit processors an no reported division errors it is not as big an issue. Mark Goetsch Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry® -----Original Message----- From: Brian Keegan <[log in to unmask]> Sender: Social Networks Discussion Forum <[log in to unmask]> Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2010 16:43:39 To: <[log in to unmask]> Reply-To: Brian Keegan <[log in to unmask]> Subject: Re: [SOCNET] Wolfram Mathematica for SN data analysis ***** 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.