Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

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Social Network Analysis

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_1882-1


Social network analysis (SNA) originates from a branch of mathematics called graph theory. This disciplinary field has developed several concepts and analytical methods that permit the study of links between the components of a system. SNA is the result of multiple studies from different research fields and particularly from social sciences such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

The SNA approach has facilitated the study of many other subjects in a large variety of disciplines such as anthropology, mathematics, economics, psychology, ethology, ecology, sociology, computer sciences, physics, epidemiology, cell biology, and biochemistry (Prell 2011).

This entry is divided into three sections that can be read separately according to the reader’s needs:
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    Section 1: description of the use of SNA tools in life science, highlighting the great potential of these techniques across a wide range of animal research topics

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    Section 2 to Section 4: a thorough technical...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Anthropology Department, School of Sociology and AnthropologySun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Zanna Clay
    • 1
  1. 1.Durham UniversityDurhamUK