This is a study group of the book Dynamical Processes on Complex Networks, by Alain Barrat, and a discussion group of the book's applications to Economic, Cultural and Social Anthropology as well as to other social sciences.
Latest Activity: Oct 31, 2014
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UCINET is only useful for very basic static (one slice in time) analysis, but for that it is pretty good. However, for my statistical network work I'm likely to stick with R, which is incidentally free and has ever improving packages (whatever some innovative statistician or network methodologist might invent will surely be available as an R package soon thereafter).
Indeed, our projects are similar, particularly in terms of methodology. I went to a network analysis seminar yesterday and they said that the next methodological hurtles that are being tackled in this field are dynamic and spatial ones, which is good news for us as consumers of these people's output. They all reported major discomforts with ERGM models, by the way, which have been simply imported from physics without good theoretical motivations.
Oh wow ...I might be able to get the first two chapters scanned in once I have the book (they have this service here at my university, for such cases).
For my part, I am currently working on mapping the entire road network of Zambia and all of the changes thereof that occurred between 1990 and now, using high resolution satellite images that have been taken on a yearly basis. The roads are the edges of the graph with the distance property and the cities, towns and villages are the nodes, with various population attributes. There also exists data on every new road project between 1990 and now with the name of the contractor, the amount of money of the contract and these data can be linked with the roads on the map.
For my work, I am particularly interested in the Chinese and Indian contractors and in where the Chinese and Indians live in Zambia, as I want to later (next year) spend a year in Zambia to map changes in Zambians' personal and business networks due to the increasing Chinese involvement in Zambia (using mainly ethnography, but also other methods, such as looking into business files of current and past employees). I also want to use text mining techniques on massive amounts of news papers and magazines in Zambia (which have been arduously collected by the National Archives of Zambia) to construct a sentiment network, so as to see how people's systems of attitudes toward other Zambian tribes, Indians and the Chinese, related to all kinds of aspects of life, have changed over time. In particular, I am interested in seeing if the various native tribes and groups of Zambia have come to feel closer to each other, in terms of identity, now that a great number of Chinese and Indian people are present.
OK, I'm persuaded. Just ordered the book from Amazon.jp. Should be here in a few days. In the meantime, could you tell us a bit about how you came to have these particular interests?
In my own case, I have been dabbling with network analysis for, it must already be four or five years, as part of project exploring the world of Tokyo advertising creatives, of which I have been a small part for nearly three decades. As a spin-off from that, I am now working on a Pajek cookbook for researchers who analyze 2-mode networks. If you'd like to learn more, I'd be happy to run on about it.
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