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I currently analyze directed networks of knowledge exchange in 5 different teams with ERGM. I only worked with PNet up to now, but need to reproduce my analyses in Statnet/R as the attribute-reciprocity parameters I need are defined slightly differently in PNet as they are in R and do not fit completely my theoretical concept. However, I encounter a problem in Statnet when including the corresponding “mutual” parameter in combination with quantitative vertex attributes. The term I use is mutual(by="name of the attribute"). The full model specification is the following:

nwkoopmodel <- ergm(nwkoop~edges+gwesp+nodeicov("QA1")+nodeocov("QA1")+nodeicov("QA2")+nodeocov("QA2")+nodeifactor("BA")+nodeofactor("BA")+mutual(by="QA2"), constraints =~ fixedas(absent = elkoopszrev), control=control.ergm(MCMC.interval = 8000,MCMC.burnin = 8000,SA.phase1_n = 10000,SA.niterations = 30,SA.phase3_n = 10000),verbose=TRUE)

…where “nwkoop” is the name of my network dataset with 138 actors, QA1 and QA2 are quantitative vertex attributes, BA is a binary vertex attribute. I also included the constraint term “fixedas” together with an edgelist (“elkoopszrev”) defining ties that cannot exist in the network (corresponding to “structural zeros” in PNet). (Indeed, as some of the teams I analyze are very small, I decided to integrate them all together in one “network” for the ERGM. However, ties occur only between members of the same team, not between teams.)


The model begins to run, but produces an error shortly after indicating “R encountered a fatal error. The session was terminated.”. This problem occurs with different quantitative attributes. When I run the same model including “mutual” without the vertex attribute – for standard mutual statistics - it works fine. Does anyone know if there is something wrong with my syntax or what else could be the problem?



Any help would be highly appreciated!




Natalie David





Natalie David

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