***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Dear all, given recent inquiries it appears that my workshop "The Positional Approach to Network Analysis" at Sunbelt 2015 would benefit from a few clarifications. The goal is to empower participants to analyze social networks with increased confidence by simplifying the process of method selection. This is achieved by explication of otherwise tacit assumptions, and a stepwise procedure, rather than applying a particular analysis in a single shot, or a couple of related analyses in a shotgun approach. It is therefore most benefical to have a basic understanding of the network-analytic toolbox, but in principle it is possible to get started directly. I am also willing to include one or two studies of participants into the set of working examples. Please contact me well in advance if you are interested in contributing your research problem. There will be time to discuss specific question on demand, though. Two core features of the approach are noteworthy: - smaller steps are easier to justify substantively and test empirically - the elementary steps unify and generalize existing approaches and thus facilitate application-specific analysis without the need to come up with, and justify, indices of your own The workshop is *not* about the underlying mathematics that have been developed over the past couple of years (combining elements from order theory, graph theory, and conjoint measurement) but about applications and interpretation. Prime examples will be centralities and roles, but cohesive groups, clusters, and network-level features will be covered. Software tools to support the approach are currently in development. For further details, see http://insna.org/sunbelt2015/?page_id=299 Best, B. -- Prof. Dr. Ulrik Brandes Department of Computer & | +49 7531 88-4433 (phone) Information Science, Box 67 | +49 7531 88-3577 (fax) University of Konstanz | [log in to unmask] 78457 Konstanz, Germany | http://www.inf.uni-konstanz.de/~brandes/ _____________________________________________________________________ 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.