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Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences)

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"Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek, is an introduction to both network analysis in general and to the Pajek package in particular. It is an excellent book for the beginner: clearly written, well presented, comprehensive and engaging." -Nick Crossley, Sociology

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This is the first textbook on social network analysis integrating theory, applications, and professional software for performing network analysis (Pajek). Pajek software and datasets for all examples are freely available, so the reader can learn network analysis by doing it. In addition, each chapter offers case studies for practicing network analysis. In the end, the reader has the knowledge, skills, and tools to apply social network analysis in all social sciences, ranging from anthropology and sociology to business administration and history.

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Product Details

  • Series: Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences (Book 27)
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521602629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521602624
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,762,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sasha Goodman on May 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book comes so highly recommended because it lowers all the barriers for the student. The text is easily absorbed, the software is free, and the datasets are there. Many guides on Social Network Analysis (SNA) seem like they are written for someone who already knows how to do SNA. The original Pajek manual is one example (Pajek is pronounced pai-yak). This book is like the missing manual. It guides the novice carefully through the analysis process. The free software, Pajek, is one of the best Social Network programs currently. Although Pajek was initially just for visualizations of large networks, and it still only has a subset of the UCInet functions, the algorithms are fast and plentiful. The book and software should keep a student busy until they add more programmatic SNA tools to their toolkit (e.g. R-project sna).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr Graham A Durant-Law CSC on December 21, 2007
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Pajek means spider in Slovenian. Pajek is also a software program for the analysis and visualisation of very large networks; networks with thousands if not millions of vertices. It is a program I use occasionally, however I prefer UCINET and NetMiner 3 , because I find these programs to be easier to use. It is precisely for this reason I bought and read "Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek" by Wouter de Nooy, Andrej Mrvar, and Vladimir Batagelj.

The book is an easy read and nicely complements the manual - in fact I think it could easily replace the manual.
I learnt that Pajek is actually quite a bite easier to use than I first thought. Having played around with Pajek after reading the book I found I could manipulate my datasets in new ways. That said I am not a convert to Pajek.

I did like the examples and the explanations that went with them. Even if I never use Pajek again the book is useful simply because the examples explain rather than describe many of the complexities and pitfalls of network analysis. Read in conjunction with other publications like Wassermann and Faust's "Social Network Analysis. Methods and Applications" the student of network analysis should gain a solid theoretical understanding of network analysis and be able to read network studies more critically. I also found the many exercises in the book most useful. They progressively built and reinforced understanding and competence in Pajek, as well as understanding of network ideas.

So all in all I would give the book a five-star rating - five stars for readability and five stars for the learning by doing approach. It has a place on the bookshelf of even serious student of network analysis.

Regards, Graham
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Magnus Johnson on September 22, 2005
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I am dipping my toe into the world of networks analysis and this was the perfect way to learn about them and to learn how to use an excellent software package (which is free!) The book is well written and structured with examples to play with and excellent data sets to download from the web.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2007
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Social Network Analysis (SNA) has a number of different ways of doing analysis that depend on the point of view one is taking about the data. Different types of analysis make sense to answer different types of questions. For instance, it may be interesting to find paths from node to node, it may be interesting to see how nodes (representing many things: people, organizations, teams, businesses or countries, for instance) cluster together. One might want to see the links between clusters and much more. It can be bewildering to choose the right method and then use software do to the analysis. Since there are so many choices, any software that does SNA will be complex.

Each chapter of this book highlights an important type of analysis and takes the reader through doing the analysis step-by-step using the freeware software package Pajek (Slovenian for "spider"). Pajek allows the user to do a huge range of analysis and visualize it. It can work with large networks. Tho book does not assume knowledge SNA and explains the motives for the types of analysis so that after going through the book the reader has the basic skills to both do SNA and understand the studies that have been done using SNA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mauro W. B. Almeida on February 14, 2009
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This is both an introduction to social networks theory and a friendly Pajek manual written by Pajek's own creator (and others).Well written and illustrated, the book covers the central concepts in the field and guides the reader through a powerful and elegant program which is also freely available on the internet. After reading only three chapters (1,2 and 11) I am applying it to my own ethnographic data with interesting results. A good book!
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