Social Network Analysis
by Ines Mergel

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Methods & Tools

Social Network Anlaysis Software

  • PC
    • UCInet
    • Pajek: There is also a very helpful book out written by the programmers, that explains the theoretical concepts and shows in screenshots and commands how to use the statistical routines in Pajek: Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences) (Paperback) by Wouter de Nooy , Andrej Mrvar , Vladimir Batagelj (2005).
    • Netminer: Software for exploratory data analysis and visualization
    • Siena: Software for the analysis of repeated (longitudinal and dynamic) network data
    • Visone
    • Multinet: MultiNet is an interactive computer program for the analysis and display of discrete and continuous network data. Especially useful for complex data and more advanced methods such as p*.
    • R module for Social Network Analysis
  • Mac
    • Running UCInet using the Virtual PC works pretty good, except for those times when you are in the presentation mode.
    • Visone

Online Data Collection Instruments (web-based)

  • Surveymonkey: to display a long list of actors use rows to display all subjects and columns for the relational questions (such as advice, information sharing, etc.)
    • Basic subscription is free, but limited to 10 questions and 100 responses
    • You can also find a whole collection of other online tools on the surveymonkey website (scroll down to "Compare Us", very convenient)
  • Zoomerang: Zoomerang Basic, free limited-use account (10 days use and limited number of questions and responses)
  • Egonet: instrument for the collection and analysis of network data
  • PHPsurveyor: open-source online survey tool (free), unlimited number of questions (20 different question types)
  • Classapps: Professional Survey Software (very expansive..., no free version available)
  • targets academics and educators (for free as far as I could see)


Network Visualization
= Representation of social distances as physical distances

All listed softwares above can be used for data analysis and representation. They are using iterative optimization algorithms to adjust a node's position by reactiong to the positions of others in the network.

  • Articles
    • Moreno, J. L. (1934/1953). Who shall survive? Washington, D. C., Nervous and Mental Disease Publishing Company.
    • Moreno, J. L. (1946). "Sociogram and sociomatrix: A note to the paper by Forsyth and Katz." Sociometry 9: 348-349.
    • Freeman, L. C. (2001). "Visualizing Social Networks." Journal of Social Structure.
    • Moody, J./McFarland, D./Bender-deMoll, S. (2005): Dynamic Network Visualization, in: AJS 110/4: 1206-1241. (inlcudes dynamic network movies)