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***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org *****  Network analysis workshops in the 2011 ICPSR Summer Program

 

Greetings from the ICPSR Summer Program!

As you know, network analysis is a topic that is receiving an enormous amount of attention in the social and behavioral sciences. This strategy, and the associated methodological tools, for analyzing relationships between entities have proven to be useful in a wide variety of research contexts,   from many substantive areas. Because of the broad interest in network analysis that exists within the scholarly community, we wanted to let you know about the courses on this topic that we will be offering in the 2011 ICPSR Summer Program.

This year, we will be offering a total of five different courses, varying from introductory to advanced levels. The courses will be held in four different locations, and they range in length from three days to four weeks.

 

Three of the workshops provide basic introductions to the methodological techniques associated with network analysis. These classes assume that participants have a first course background in statistics, and no prior experience with network analysis.   The first two are a week long, while the last is a full four-week ICPSR course:

 

     Network Analysis: An Introduction. The instructor for this course is Stanley Wasserman, from Indiana University. This workshop has been offered for more than 25 years by ICPSR, and focuses on data, statistics, and models.    The course is an intensive five-day workshop that will be taught in Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 13-17, 2011.    

     Social Network Analysis: An Introduction. The instructor for this course is Katherine Faust, from the University of California, Irvine. The course is an intensive five-day workshop, taught in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, July 18-22, 2011.

     Network Analysis. The instructor for this course is Ann McCranie, from Indiana University.     Participants will learn about data collection and preparation and methods for analysis of individual actors, subgroup, and network properties; statistical models will be introduced in the last week of the course.  The course will be taught during the first four-week session of the ICPSR Summer Program, June 20-July 15, 2011, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

The last two workshops cover more advanced topics in the standard methods of network analysis. They assume that participants have had exposure to, and some experience with, the methodology of network analysis:

     Network Analysis: A Second Course. The instructors for this course are Stanley Wasserman, from Indiana University and Hank Green from the RAND Graduate School.  This course will focus on statistical models, drawing on the methodological research on p* and actor-oriented longitudinal models.   Software used will include pnet, statnet, siena, and pajek.  The course is an intensive three-day workshop and it will be taught in Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 17-19, 2011.

 

     Advanced Network Analysis. The instructor for this course is Jukka-Pekka Onnela, from Harvard University.   The course provides training on how to effectively handle and analyze large scale networks on datasets involving millions of people or data points.  It is a third-level course, and assumes that participants already have experience in the methodology of network analysis at about the level of the second course described above.   The course is an intensive five-day workshop and it will be taught in Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 20-24, 2011.

 

More information, including detailed course descriptions, fee schedule, and application forms are available on the ICPSR Summer Program website:

     http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog/

If you have any further questions about our Network Analysis workshops, or about any other aspect of the 2011 ICPSR Summer Program, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail ([log in to unmask]) or telephone (734-763-7400).

We hope that you find these courses to be interesting and relevant to your own work. And, of course, we hope you will be able to participate in at least one of them during the 2011 ICPSR Summer Program!

All best wishes,

William G. Jacoby
Director, ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research
Professor, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University

Dieter Burrell
Assistant Director, ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

 

 

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