Welcome to Week #3

Lectures: 

Readings*:

  • Chapter 3 in Social Network Analysis: Methods & Examples by Yang & Keller
  •  Chapters 1-3 in Understanding Social Networks by Kadushin
  •  Chapter 5 in Doing Social Network Research by Robins
  • Granovetter, M.  1973.  “The Strength of Weak Ties”.  American Journal of Sociology 81: 1287-1303.
  •  Travers, Jeffrey and Stanley Milgram. 1969. “An experimental study of the small world problem.” Sociometry. v32n4, ASA.
  •  Erickson, Bonnie. 1997. “The Relational Basis of Attitudes.” Social Structures, pp. 99-121.
  • SNA Reference Reading (optional):
    • Part 3 in Social Network Analysis: Methods & Applications by Wasserman & Faust.

*Articles can be found in the Google Classroom folder.

Assignments:

Practicums:

Week #3: Node Centralities

Annotation:

Using Hypothes.is, annotated and discuss your peers’ Week #2 blog. Make at least four annotations across your peer’s blogs.  These annotations can either be original posts or replies.  Be sure to post inside the SNA18 group AND tag each of your posts with your name.

Blog:

Using your rampages account, discuss the small world theory and the importance of weak ties.  What is the small world theory?  How did the ‘small world’ revolutionize how we approach the ‘big world’ including ‘big data’?  Why are weak ties just as important to the small world than strong ties?  Or are they more important?  And what does Kevin Bacon have to do with any of this?

Reflection Question

Post a short overview of your analysis from Practicum #2.  What is unique about SNA data?  How is it challenging to collect?  Is it primarily descriptive or predictive?  What ideas are formulating in your brain about your small research paper?

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