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Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences : Generalized Blockmodeling Series Number 25 - Patrick Doreian

Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

Generalized Blockmodeling Series Number 25

Hardcover Published: 8th November 2004
ISBN: 9780521840859
Number Of Pages: 384

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This book provides an integrated treatment of blockmodeling, the most frequently used technique in social network analysis. It secures its mathematical foundations and then generalizes blockmodeling for the analysis of many types of network structures. Examples are used throughout the text and include small group structures, little league baseball teams, intra-organizational networks, inter-organizational networks, baboon grooming networks, marriage ties of noble families, trust networks, signed networks, Supreme Court decisions, journal citation networks, and alliance networks. Also provided is an integrated treatment of algebraic and graph theoretic concepts for network analysis and a broad introduction to cluster analysis. These formal ideas are the foundations for the authors' proposal for direct optimizational approaches to blockmodeling which yield blockmodels that best fit the data, a measure of fit that is integral to the establishment of blockmodels, and creates the potential for many generalizations and a deductive use of blockmodeling.

'This is a clearly presented and insightful book that provides an excellent mix of mathematical rigor and practical application. I would unhesitatingly recommend the book to anyone interested in social network analysis or discrete clustering methods.' Journal of Classification

Social Networks and Blockmodels
Network Data Sets
Mathematical Prelude
Relations and Graphs for Network Analysis
Clustering Approaches
An Optimizational Approach to Conventional Blockmodeling
Foundations for Generalized Blockmodeling
Blockmodeling Two-mode Network Data
Semirings and Lattices
Balance Theory and Blockmodeling Signed Networks
Symmetric-Acyclic Blockmodels
Extending Generalized Blockmodeling
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ISBN: 9780521840859
ISBN-10: 0521840856
Series: Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 8th November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.57  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.66

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