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Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pajek becomes a necessary tool when using large samples in social network analysis. Unfortunately, finding basic, comprehensive tutorials and user guides either within the software... Read morePublished on October 20, 2009 by JS
This is a valuable resource for those interested in social networks analysis. The book not only contains the better guide available to use PAJEK (one of the most popular softwares... Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by Miguel Ruz Perez
It is a very helpful book with many examples and online metarials for Pajek learners.Published on February 11, 2008 by Selen Onel