A Relational Event Approach to Modeling Behavioral Dynamics

  • Carter T. ButtsEmail author
  • Christopher Steven Marcum
Part of the Computational Social Sciences book series (CSS)


This chapter provides an introduction to the analysis of relational event data (i.e., actions, interactions, or other events involving multiple actors that occur over time) within the R/statnet platform. We begin by reviewing the basics of relational event modeling, with an emphasis on models with piecewise constant hazards. We then discuss estimation for dyadic and more general relational event models using the relevent package, with an emphasis on hands-on applications of the methods and interpretation of results. Statnet is a collection of packages for the R statistical computing system that supports the representation, manipulation, visualization, modeling, simulation, and analysis of relational data. Statnet packages are contributed by a team of volunteer developers, and are made freely available under the GNU Public License. These packages are written for the R statistical computing environment, and can be used with any computing platform that supports R (including Windows, Linux, and Mac).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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