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HI Arun,

Sadly there are no clear interpretations of what 'best' might mean - you need to rely on theory and context specifics for those ideas. Generally shorter diameters are 'better' for problems where information needs to spread to everyone in the network quickly, but is 'worse' for pandemics! It really depends on your context. In my own work looking at networks of organizations, we've argued that high indegree centrality (where our ties are information or collaboration) is beneficial for environmental problems that need quick decisions that must be enforceable across the community, but that lower centrality is better for longer-term coordination of so-called 'wicked' problems (see Mark Lubell's work on the ecology of games for an example). This is not a hard and fast rule - it's still being debated in the env sna literature, although I think it's an emerging trend.

One important note is that some measures - like diameter and density specifically - are very much influenced by the size of your network. If all your companies are relatively the same size, you can make these comparisons but if they're very different you run into a lot of trouble in comparison (see  Anderson, Brigham S., Carter Butts, and Kathleen Carley. "The interaction of size and density with graph-level indices." Social networks 21.3 (1999): 239-267).

All the best,

Dr. Lorien Jasny
Senior Lecturer | Q-Step Centre
Department of Politics | University of Exeter
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Hi All,

Can some one help in data interpretation of the following 4 companies. I an new to SNA. which company is better than the others. It is communication in an organisation for safety. Thanks

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