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Algebraic Models for Social Networks : Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences - Philippa Pattison

Algebraic Models for Social Networks

Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

Hardcover Published: 24th September 1993
ISBN: 9780521365680
Number Of Pages: 336

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As the analysis of social networks, or networks of interpersonal and social relationships among social groups, has become an increasingly important method of research in several of the social and behavioral sciences, the gathering of network data has outpaced the development of new methods for its analysis. Addressing the need for new analytical tools, Philippa Pattison presents a number of new algebraic models for the analysis of network data, explaining in the process the rationale for an algebraic approach. Models are developed for both complete networks, meaning those representing the social ties between all pairs of members in a given group, and local networks, meaning those structured around the social ties of one particular group member. Many applications are presented and the ways that these methods can address a number of important issues confronting network analysis are explained.

"...an excellent discussion of the structure of social networks. There is a wealth of information here and it is a great joy now to have it all in one place." IJCS "I admire the intellectual achievement that Pattison presents here. Her book advances the algebraic approach significantly through imaginative conceptual extensions of ideas stated by the White group, together with implementations for data analysis. These yield appreciable progress toward a rigorous basis for network comparisons, which remains one of the most important and vexing problems in the study of social networks." Peter V. Marsden, Contemporary Sociology

List of figures and tables
Preface
Algebraic representations for complete social networks
Algebraic representations for local social networks
Comparing algebraic representations
Decompositions for network algebras
An analysis for complete and local networks
Time-dependent social networks
Issues in network analysis
References
Appendices
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ISBN: 9780521365680
ISBN-10: 0521365686
Series: Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 24th September 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 15.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66