tnet: Analysis of weighted, two-mode, and longitudinal networks

Tore Opsahl
Measr, Inc.

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tnet is a package written in R to serve three purposes:

1. Calculate social network measures on weighted datasets
Not everyone is the same. Some people are close to us, whereas others are just acquaintances. Few network measures, and fewer network analysis programmes, can deal with datasets where the ties are differentiated by weights. By removing the weights of relations, we are removing a lot of the richness within the dataset. This means that we are limiting the weight analysis to sensitivity analyses, which are difficult to interpret. A close friendship is not the same as an acquaintance.

2. Calculate social network measures on two-mode
Most forms of interaction occur through mediums, such as meetings, projects, forums, etc. By simply joining two people if they have interacted with the same medium, we greatly reduce the information available to analyse. For example, the clustering coefficient on a one-mode projection of a two-mode network is meaningless as triangles are formed automatically when three or more people interact with the same medium. To remove some of the biases that might invalidate the analysis, a new set of measures directed at analysing two-mode networks directly (and a software were these measures are implemented) are needed.

3. Detect underlying principles that guide tie formation in datasets with time-stamped ties
Network analysis is often based on static networks. In these networks there are issues of dependence as everything depends on everything. Therefore it is difficult to say why certain ties are created and others are not. In networks where the exact sequence of ties is known, the endogeneity issue can be dealt with. This type of data is generally from online communities, email networks, and telephone networks (if your dataset is not like this, but collected in waves, try Siena).