Introduction to Social Network Analysis with R

Michał Bojanowski
ICM, University of Warsaw
m.bojanowski@icm.edu.pl

LIMITED to 30 Seats (This Workshop is already fully booked)

The workshop is an introduction to network data and classical SNA methods using R. It is planned to be a good prerequisite for other R-related workshops, for example statnet/ERGM workshops, RSiena, tnet, and perhaps others.

The workshop is targeted especially towards people who have limited or no experience with R but have basic knowledge of Social Network Analysis.

The first part of the workshop will introduce R itself. Participants will learn how to work with RStudio, R script files, data objects, and perform basic data manipulation, visualization, and regression modeling.

The second part will focus on working with network data using R packages: igraph, network, intergraph, and preparing network data for analysis with RSiena. The material will cover (1) manipulating network objects (2) working with node and tie attributes, (3) creating network visualizations, (4) computing various classical SNA descriptives.

The workshop will be a balanced mixture of presentation and practical demonstrations of using R for Social Network Analysis. The participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

One of the features of R is its reliance on script files and the lack of graphical user interface, although recently developed RStudio (http://www.rstudio.org) bridges that gap. Nevertheless, the participants should be ready to follow a discussion that necessarily involves learning R syntax.