• When I think of scale-free networks, I think of real-world networks. A common feature of real-world networks is the presence of hubs where a few nodes that are highly connected to other nodes in the network. A few […]

  • Social network analysis (SNA) is often used to understand the relationship dynamics. However, researchers have also utilized social network analysis to understand the crime networks in the society. SNA on crime […]

  • Social network analysis is often used for examining the family dynamics and friendships. By conducting SNA to analyze social networks and their specific properties, we can get an insight into workings of social […]

    • Both of your articles are both innovative and ‘no duh’ type of conclusions. Both found that participating in groups = more emotional attachment and more friends. Durkheim would be proud of these articles. But, both also illustrate how non-SNA focused theory, i.e. cohesion and friendships, are really, at their core, network based theories. Once you are able to see that networks are everywhere as Barabasi states, you can see how almost all theory is network theory!

  • The article “Twitter hashtags for health: applying network and content analyses to understand the health knowledge sharing in a Twitter-based community of practice” investigates the health knowledge sharing by the […]

    • What is interesting about this article is that it is sophisticated methodologically but I don’t see any discussion of the implications of their findings. So what? Why should we care that @everyday health was highest? What are the implications of these findings? This is where digital sociology comes in! We can help computational social scientists figure out what their findings mean. We can work with FB engineers to help them understand what they are finding as well as the implications for how they are collecting and deploying data. Why would we want to know what type of organization is at the center of distributing health information on Twitter? What if the central organization was anti-science? Or religiously based? Or insurance company based? These are digital sociology questions!

  • In 1962, Jurgen Habermas introduced the concept of “public sphere” in his book “The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere”. He defined the notion of the public as “events and occasions are ‘public’ […]

    • While the public sphere seems more open, your point about the political economy of it also illustrates its power is more insidious, hidden and targeted. We now feel free to choice but that freedom is actually being governed by covert forces which can follow us without us knowing! I wonder about our definition of public?!

  • The physical “brick and mortar” classroom is starting to lose its monopoly as the place of learning in the 21st century. The Internet has made online learning possible, and many researchers and educators are int […]

  • In last few weeks of Social Network Analysis, I have read briefly about node centrality measures and their significance in SNA. Node centrality measures help us to identify important nodes within the network and […]

  • Source: TheCQL YouTube
    Social Capital is such a familiar concept for all of us. It’s just that when we learned to create our own “social capital”, we didn’t really know that there is a term that explains it. Sin […]

    • Your question on the impact of the digital world on the definition, use, accumulation and effectiveness of social capital represents an opening for a new line of theory and research!

  • Small world theory is one of the fascinating readings I have come across. I think it represents the sentence “everybody knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone you know”. Small world theory hyp […]

    • A great small paper would be to see what weak ties are available in this class. Could you do a small SNA of this class to reveal the scope of the network being created?

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    In recent years, in the wake of social media popularity, Social Network Analysis has gained a renewed interest from researchers from varied fields. In the paper “The Social Network Perspective”, Kleim sugg […]

    • It is the change of perspective from predictive to descriptive that can be the most challenging when trying to ask SNA research questions. Once you describe a network, you will have the struggle with the question of inference. Why does this description matter? What inference can I draw from this network? This is where you need theory! Not just network theory but also regular, tried and true sociological theory. SNA relies VERY heavily on theory to help us make sense of what we describe.

  • For this week’s readings, I chose to read the book “Linked How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means” by Barabasi. Networks are everywhere! Indeed! Barabasi provides a detailed summary and h […]

    • I think understanding the laws and functioning of networks may be key to understanding the laws, functioning and possibly the inevitability of inequality. Does the rise of digital networks challenge inequality or exacerbate inequality? Theoretically, the digital age should challenge it since it decentralizes knowledge and power. Yet, there has been a concurrent rise in inequality as the digital age as come about. Is there a connection?

      http://extremedemocracy.com/chapters/Chapter%20Three-Shirky.pdf

  • Previously we have discussed how the data via Facebook, Twitter, web scraping, Wikipedia, and Linkedin is utilized for social research. This week’s readings and videos gave us an enhanced look at how GitHub is t […]

  • Rucha wrote a new post, GitHub Data, on the site RUCHA'S BLOG 3 years, 2 months ago

    Previously we have discussed how the data via Facebook, Twitter, web scraping, Wikipedia, and Linkedin is utilized for social research. This week’s readings and videos gave us an enhanced look at how GitHub is t […]

  • Tara,

    I totally agree with you. Fake news has become so prevalent in today’s world. I think I haven’t heard so much about fake news as much I have in past couple of years. Social media has enhanced the […]

  • Rucha commented on the post, Fake News, on the site RUCHA'S BLOG 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hey Tara,

    There are multiple quizzes on Buzzfeed. I couldn’t find the one I took. Here is one of them, https://www.buzzfeed.com/janelytvynenko/fake-news-quiz-april7?utm_term=.uuN80x4VD#.da5RnKL3E

  • (Disclaimer for outsiders: This is a fake news.)

    This news comes in the light of NC successfully passing the house bill in April 2017 that deems the same-sex marriage illegal. Now, NC seeks to make all the […]

  • Rucha wrote a new post, Fake News, on the site RUCHA'S BLOG 3 years, 2 months ago

    Source: Snopes.com
    Truth to be told, I was waiting for this week’s readings. We have seen the discussion about “Fake News” gaining momentum during 2016 US presidential election. Fake news is literally every […]

  • In recent years, technology and the internet have revolutionized how we communicate in the world. We can say that Email- is one of the most fruitful inventions that came out of developing technology and the […]

  • Rucha wrote a new post, Email Data, on the site RUCHA'S BLOG 3 years, 2 months ago

    In recent years, technology and the internet have revolutionized how we communicate in the world. We can say that Email- is one of the most fruitful inventions that came out of developing technology and the […]

  • Hi Stephanie,

    Great blog. I agree with you, blogging provides us a direct avenue for dissemination of information. All of us started in this graduate school at the time when blogging was an ingrained part of […]

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