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An experiment in writing in public, one page at a time, by S. Graham, I. Milligan, & S. Weingart

Network Analysis Fundamentals

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 2 As we showed in the previous section, networks are versatile tools for exploring our connected world. Unfortunately, the rhetorical utility of networks can occasionally overshadow their formal nature. It is not uncommon to read scholarly articles which invoke the vocabulary of networks without acknowledging any underlying formal definitions, rendering a metaphorically rich argument devoid of any real substance. While network analysis is frequently not the most appropriate method of analysis, when it is invoked appropriately, it should be treated with a healthy respect to the many years of research that have gone into building its mathematical and conceptual framework.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The first part of this section introduces that framework, beginning first with basic vocabulary, progressing through mathematical means of measurement at both the small and large scale. Part two describes how to put the concepts in action, including what network data look like and how to manipulate or visualize them. Part three discusses when network analysis is appropriate, and when it is not.

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