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Process of Social Network Analysis

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Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining


Research design; Research methodology



Cross-industry standard process for data mining – a model for analytical processes in data mining developed by practitioners from several companies


Sample, explore, modify, model, and assess – a list of sequential stages developed by SAS Institute Inc. for efficient implementation of data mining applications


Social network


Social network analysis


The process of social network analysis (SNA) is a series of steps (stages) performed to achieve certain goals by means of analytical tools applied to social network data.

In general, six main generic stages of the SNA process can be distinguished:

  1. 1.

    Problem definition

  2. 2.

    Data gathering and preparation

  3. 3.

    Social network modeling

  4. 4.

    Knowledge extraction

  5. 5.


  6. 6.

    Interpretation and deployment

Each of the above stages should provide some outcome for the next stage, but it is also possible to go back to some previous stages, for example, in order...

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This work was partially supported by the National Science Centre, Poland, the decisions no. DEC-2016/21/B/ST6/01463. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 691152. This research is co-financed under the fund for supporting internationally co-financed projects in 2016–2019.

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Kazienko, P. (2018). Process of Social Network Analysis. In: Alhajj, R., Rokne, J. (eds) Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining. Springer, New York, NY.

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