Exponential Random Graph Models for Social Networks

Exponential Random Graph Models for Social Networks : Theory, Methods, and Applications

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Exponential random graph models (ERGMs) are increasingly applied to observed network data and are central to understanding social structure and network processes. The chapters in this edited volume provide a self-contained, exhaustive account of the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of ERGMs, including models for univariate, multivariate, bipartite, longitudinal and social-influence type ERGMs. Each method is applied in individual case studies illustrating how social science theories may be examined empirically using ERGMs. The authors supply the reader with sufficient detail to specify ERGMs, fit them to data with any of the available software packages and interpret the results.

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • CambridgeUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 71 b/w illus.
  • 0521141389
  • 9780521141383
  • 370,377

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Dr Dean Lusher is Lecturer in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology. He works closely with leading methodologists to develop an intuitive understanding of exponential graph models, how they link to broader network theory, and how to fit them to real-life data. His research applications are directed at issues of social norms and social hierarchies. Dr Johan Koskinen is Lecturer in Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. He is a statistician working with statistical modeling and inference. Focusing on social network data, Dr Koskinen deals with generative models for different types of structures, such as longitudinal network data, networks nested in multilevel structures, and multilevel networks classified by affiliations. Garry Robins is Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Robins is a mathematical psychologist whose research deals with quantitative and statistical models for social and relational systems. His research has won international awards from the Psychometric Society, the American Psychological Association, and the International Network for Social Network Analysis.

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'I've been waiting impatiently for this book and I was definitely not disappointed. Finally we have a sourcebook on ERGMs that is both comprehensive and comprehensible. Most of the chapters are written for quantitative researchers who are not statisticians. Many illustrative empirical applications are worked through. Software packages are discussed. For the researcher who is intrigued by the possibility of analyzing network data with an ERGM, or who is already trying to do so, this is an indispensable resource.' Peter Carrington, University of Waterloo 'This collection offers readers an intuitive understanding of ERGMs, followed by a formal explanation of their statistical underpinnings as well as a methodological cookbook based on current software. Next, network scholars at the forefront of advancing theoretical and methodological contributions present eight compelling empirical studies. These studies illustrate how ERGMs offer exciting opportunities to advance theoretical understandings of network phenomena at the intra-organizational, inter-organizational, and societal levels.' Noshir Contractor, Jane S. and William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University 'p*, the exponential family of random graph distributions introduced by Frank and Strauss in 1986, has indeed become the best statistical model in network science. This edited volume is a must-have - Lusher, Koskinen, and Robins have put together a thorough compilation for both the p* novice and enthusiast. It is the handbook to own - and use!' Stanley Wasserman, Indiana University

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