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This section of the site goes over the first steps for collecting network data, organizing it into useable spreadsheet format and displaying network diagrams.

The NetDraw/UCINET interface – Taster

Preliminaries: Setting up Windows Explorer In Explorer window, View tab, ‘Panes’ to Navigation Pane, check ‘Expand to open folder’. In the Layout panel choose the Details view and in the Show/Hide panel check ‘File name extensions’. These settings allow you to track your folders and files and know what programs they are associated with (Notepad = .txt; Excel = .xlsx; ...

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Di-ties: The building blocks of social network research

Social ties: the basic units of information and observation for empirical network research Social network research deals with social ties, actual and perceived, between two actual people. An individual has many social ties of different sorts (parent, co-worker, friend etc.). We identify a social tie by naming the connected two people and the type of social tie, or ties, they ...

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Datasets are like storage jars

SNA datasets in UCINET and NetDraw

SNA datasets (as opposed to ‘data’) comprise collections of separate files that mesh together through direct, text-based linkages. They are, basically, relational databases. For SNA a ‘network’ is a set of ties for a single, defined relation. Thus, for example, the Krack-Sociom example contains three defined relations (Advice, Friendship and Reports To) and may be spoken of as three (social) ...

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MyNames: Collecting egonet, network data (section one)

This exercise simply invites you to compile your own egonet dataset to familiarize yourself with the mechanics of handling network data. It uses the basic egonet data collection of a name generator and follow-up questions to create a dataset we label MyNames. Using your own egonet data allows you to connect social network research methods to a real world setting. ...

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MyNames: Collecting egonet, network data (section two)

This section assumes you have your MyNames data organised into VNA format. For good housekeeping [see … above] check that you have a Windows folder labelled MyNames (or similar) and it is the UCINET default folder. Task One: Read the (VNA) tie data into UCINET (DL Editor ->Edgearray1) There are multiple ways to enter tie data into UCINET. NetDraw can ...

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Suggests a 1.5 ego-centric network (egonet)

Collecting and analysing 1.5 egonet data: MyPersComm

Structural analyses of egonets are only interesting if we have 1.5 (alter-alter) data. We can apply the same procedures to these 1.5 egonets that we use with whole networks tomorrow. Ron Burt (Structural Holes 1992) developed a significant array of structural measures specific to 1.5 egonets. These are available in UCINET. We need to collect your alter-alter data and map ...

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Network diagrams with NetDraw

Saving NetDraw data and exporting Netdraw pictures When you have a Netdraw diagram that you like, you can save it by using the File ->Save Data As ->Vna. This command saves all the data about how the diagram is arranged as well as the original input data. It does not save the diagram as a graphic file. You can reopen ...

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