, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 291-305
Date: 14 Jan 2006

Some Simple Algorithms for Structural Comparison

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Structural comparison (i.e., the simultaneous analysis of multiple structures) is a problem which arises frequently in such diverse arenas as the study of organizational forms, social network analysis, and automated text analysis. Prior work has demonstrated the applicability of a range of standard multivariate analysis procedures to the structural comparison problem. Here, some simple algorithms are provided which elucidate several of these methods in an easily implemented form.

Carter T. Butts is Assistant Professor at the University of California-Irvine in the Department of Sociology, and is a member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. His current research focuses on communication during disasters, Bayesian inference for network data, network comparison, and the structure of spatially embedded interpersonal networks.
Kathleen M. Carley is Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, with appointments in the Institute for Software Research International, the H.J. Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. Her research centers around areas of social, organizational, knowledge and information networks, organizational design, change, adaptivity and and performance, computational organization theory, crisis management, social theory, impacts on information diffusion of changes in social policy and changes in communication technology, and mapping experts' and executives' knowledge networks using textual analysis techniques.