Rossman to Present Colloquium on Social Network Analysis

Posted on 9/26/2008 8:00:44 AM

Paul Rossman, an IUP student, will give the colloquium presentation “Social Network Analysis and Applications” on Tuesday, September 30. It will be held in Stright Hall room 302 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Social network analysis is a method of research using data to analyze relationships between individuals, organizations, and committees, and driving the concept is the idea that social networks are fundamentally a part of any group or community. The people who know each other and, in turn, know others present a web of power and knowledge. Theoretically, these connections and relationships speak volumes about our society and the individual players, or actors, themselves. This field is very popular amongst social scientists, and even journalists have begun to use it. However, the field is rooted deeply in mathematics—namely graph theory. This presentation will provide an introduction to the basic concepts of social network analysis, some of its fundamental ideas in graph theory, and an overview of software used to perform the analysis. It will also look at several applications of social network analysis, including analyzing a few datasets.