Introduction to Network Analysis



General Information


This course is predominantly an applied statistical course. It aims to provide the basic theoretical and operational concepts to the student about Exploratory Social Network Analysis applied to demographic studies. The course will cover construction and use of relational data for network analysis applied to different research areas: publication networks, migration networks, cognitive networks and spatially explicit social representations. The empirical part of the course will be based on two main softwares: R and Gephi.  I expect that students read the suggested literature specific to each method, as well participate in the data laboratory classes. At the end of the course I expect students to be able to manipulate data in all programs used during the course and apply the methods to specific areas of interest in Demography, Geography, Sociology, Economics, and Health Studies. Despite the exploratory emphasis of this course, a final talk on Inference for Social Networks will overview state of art models and inferential and computational limitations.


Tests and Grading:

  • Assignment 1: parameters estimation and interpretation of a network (40 points) [Download]
  • Assignment 2: network visualization and interpretation (30 points)
  • Applied study: empirical application of network analysis to the student’s research area of interest (40 points)

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Video Classes


Introduction to R and R Studio. youtubelogo

Extra Materials


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Kolaczyk, Eric D. (2009). Statistical Analysis of Network Data: Methods and Models. Springer, New York.

Kolaczyk, Eric D. and Csárdi, Gábor. (2014). Statistical Analysis of Network Data with R. Springer, New York.

Luke, Douglas A. (2015). A User’s Guide to Network Analysis in R. Springer, New York.

Pereira WHS, Guedes GR, Duarte D, Ribeiro R, Amorim MA. (2017). Social Representations and Cognitive Networks: a Graph-based approach. MGEST. download pdf_icon