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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:
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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:
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> 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/
>
>
>
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