Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Research Designs for Social Network Analysis

  • Katarzyna MusialEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_246




Social network analysis


Social network


Social network analysis

a set of tools and methods that enable to analyze structures called social networks

Social network

a set of nodes and connections between nodes. Nodes may represent people, organizations, departments within organizations, or other social entities. Connections reflect interactions or common activities between nodes


Research design for social network analysis (SNA), as for any other types of research, is a process during which the research question and set of methods that enable to answer the stated question are described. Social network analysis is a multidisciplinary research area, and in consequence a wide range of approaches to analyze network data exists. Nevertheless, each study in the field of social networks contains the following stages: (i) selecting sample, (ii) collecting data, (iii) preparing...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of InformaticsKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Computing and InformaticsBournemouth UniversityPooleUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Przemysław Kazienko
    • 1
  • Jaroslaw Jankowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Management, Institute of InformaticsWrocław University of TechnologyWrocławPoland
  2. 2.Faculty of Computer Science and Information TechnologyWest Pomeranian University of TechnologySzczecinPoland