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I don't know what Michael plans, Guy, but the software looks terrific.
I'm downloading a copy now.  Great that you're offering a tutorial.  See
you at the Sunbelt.  /  Ron

On 1/13/12 12:42 PM, "Guy Melançon" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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>Dear Michael,
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>I like the question you raise (I am also a fan of Burt's work),
>
>I am unsure whether you will find a software that does precisely what
>you want. However, using a network analysis software and scripting, I
>believe you should be able to easily implement a solution to your problem.
>
>This gives me the opportunity to promote the Tulip workshop I am
>organizing at the next Sunbelt Conference (in collaboration with C.
>Rozenblat from Lausanne, SW).
>
>Tulip allows you to write python script you can run on any network,
>being able to visualize the network and see the effect of "hiring X or
>Y" is a matter of a few line of codes. May I suggest you to join us in
>March? Be there and I promise to deliver a solution to your problem :-)
>
>For more info, have a look at:
>http://tulip.labri.fr/TulipDrupal/?q=node/1621
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>Best,
>Guy
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>Le 13/01/2012 13:31, Michael Vitevitch a écrit :
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>> Dear SocNet-ers:
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>> I'm somewhat familiar with the work and measures developed by Burt on
>> structural holes, and the work of Borgatti on "keyplayers." What I
>> have not been able to find are references/software relevant to a
>> related idea (perhaps because I'm not looking in the right area or
>> with the right terms). Here is the similar, yet different issue I'm
>> interested in:
>>
>> Imagine a network of faculty at a university, with edges connecting
>> faculty with similar research interests. Instead of adding a link
>> between two nodes, say A and B, that already exist (what I understand
>> as the structural holes issue), I'm interested in being able to
>> identify portions of the network that would be "strengthened" by or
>> otherwise benefit from the addition of a *new* node that connects to
>> two existing nodes in the network. This might be equivalent to hiring
>> a new faculty member (X) to build collaborative relations between two
>> existing nodes (A and B) rather than directly connecting A and B. I'm
>> interesting in some sort of metric/measure to indicate that hiring X
>> to "connect" A and B would yield more "benefits" (e.g., more resilient
>> network, average path length decreases, etc.) than hiring Y who would
>> "connect" A and F, for example.
>>
>> Pointers to literature on this issue and software that can identify
>> such regions of a network would be greatly appreciated.
>>
>> Thanks for any assistance anyone can offer.
>> Mike Vitevitch
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