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Social Network Analysis

Social Network Analysis (SNA) is a rapidly expanding methodology used in disciplines from sociology, economics, public health, business, biology, and many more. SNA allows researchers to analyze network structures, the spread of disease or information, and the relationships between groups and/or individuals. In this research guide we explore the different types of networks, how to calculate basic network measures, and provide resources for you to go further.

Network Analysis with Stata at the Library

Stata15 is available on all library computers at the Atlanta campus. Conducting network analysis in Stata requires downloading a free networks package in Stata called "nwcommands" (Grund 2015).

Make sure to back up all of your data, code, and output each time you use Stata. All work on GSU's computers will be removed when you log off of the computer. 

Other Programs

Other programs for network analysis:

  • R (ex. packages snanetwork, igraph)
  • EgoNet
  • NodeXL

Network Analysis

Adamic, L. A., & Glance, N. (2005, August). The political blogosphere and the 2004 US election: divided they blog. In Proceedings of the 3rd international workshop on Link discovery (pp.36-43). ACM

Stata and Network Analysis

Stata is a statistical software package. Stata is widely used by scientists throughout the social sciences for analysis of quantitative data ranging from simple descriptive analysis to complex statistical modeling. 

Stata has multiple options to complete analysis through 'point and click', code, and model building (for specific analysis). Opening and analyzing data is not limited to one of the above mentioned options. This reference page uses code to demonstrate how to a download network analysis package and conduct sociocentric social network analysis.

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Dr. Raeda Anderson & George Usmanov




This guide's content was authored by Dr. Raeda Anderson and George Usmanov. Written permission must be gained from the authors for any reuse, remix, or distribution of the guide content and associated materials.

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