Dynamic Network Analysis: 10. What?

Many, maybe even most, of what we are like as human beings derives not from within ourselves but from our relationships—our bonds, our dealings, our links—with others of our kind.

Dynamic Network Analysis: 9. Asking questions

“The only rules of scientific method are honest observations and accurate logic. To be great it must also be guided by a judgment, almost an instinct, for what is worth studying.”— Robert MacArthur

Dynamic Network Analysis: 8. Adaptive networks

If you want to learn not just how social relations are structured but also why, then it would be naive to assume what you are seeing can be explained solely by social properties and processes.

Oldest piece of cheese?

John Terrell Recently many news outlets around the world carried the startling news that archaeologists had found the world’s oldest bread—as witnessed by this headline for a story by Helen Briggs published on 17 July 2018 in the  BBC News: Prehistoric bake-off: Scientists discover oldest evidence of bread NPR carried a similar story by Lina Zeldovich … Continue reading “Oldest piece of cheese?”

Dynamic Network Analysis: 7. Why do network analysis?

When you are asking good questions and trying to use network analysis to answer them, the focus should not only be on nodes and linkages, but also on exploring the consequences of the relationships being examined.

Dynamic Network Analysis: 6. What is a network?

A network is an interrelated series of events having consequences affecting the likely repetition of those interactions.

Dynamic Network Analysis: 5. What is a relationship?

Instead of seeing networks as systems or structures, it is useful as well as more truthful to describe dynamic network analysis as the study of relational events in time and space of differing character and probability.

Dynamic Network Analysis: 4. Exploring the 5th dimension

The premise of dynamic network analysis is that the characteristics of things, people, and places are circumstantial and contingent on the interactions—the relationships—involved.

Dynamic Network Analysis: 3. Connecting the dots

Categorical thinking assumes that things exist apart from one another, and may then become connected. Relational thinking assumes instead things exist because they are connected.

Dynamic Network Analysis: 2. Relativity

Truth may not be as appealing and important—as useful—to us as the benefits of things and events (and people, too) that are easy, convenient, and predictable.