multiplex: An R package for the analysis of multiple social networks with alegbra

Antonio Rivero Ostoic
University of Southern Denmark

LIMITED to 20 Seats

‘multiplex’ is computer program written in R that is specially designed for the analysis of social networks made of different types of relations. The program has effective ways to treat multiple networks data sets with routines that combine algebraic structures like the partially ordered semigroup with the existing relational bundles found in multiple networks.

Among the functions available in ‘multiplex’ there is one that models the local role algebras based on the simple and compound relations of the actors, and the role structure of the overall system as well. Another function finds the different relational patterns at the dyadic level in the network which can serve for a further analysis applying structural theories. Besides, there is a procedure for the construction and analysis of signed networks through the semiring structure. It is possible to take the actors attributes in the analysis, and in this way their network exposure can be taken in the context of multiple networks, or else the attributes can be embedded in the relational structure.

The methodology of the workshop is learning by doing, and the package count with data sets that can be used as an example for the different functions. Naturally, the participants are welcome to send or bring their own data sets to the workshop with the possibility to focus on particular research problems.