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Meet the wiki: SNA in R

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By Bethany Cutts - Posted on 15 November 2010

Vicken, Matt Hamilton, and I met this morning as part of an ad hoc R support group. We decided that we'd start a wiki (hosted on a UC Davis SmartSite called "SNA in R" ) to adapt Hanneman and Riddle's online book about using UCINET to learn R, share code, and create a product that will be of use to people beyond the three of us.

Vicken has some experience in R, but Matt and I are really starting at the ground floor. Alan, one of the undergraduates doing research in the lab, taught me how to enter matrix data so that R recognizes the first column as row headings. If there are others in the lab, or in the world, who would like to contribute, please send me an email and I'll add you to the UC Davis SmartSite we're currently using to manage the project. At this point editing and adding data is limited to registered users. If it seems like it would further the cause, I could make it truly open.

We chose Hanneman and Riddle's book as a starting point because it is freely available online and does a nice job of explaining concepts and giving instructions. More advanced SNA in R folks might consider adding useful links to the bibliography page or creating new chapters focused on advanced hypothesis testing methods that are beyond the capability of UCINET.

We imagine that the main page of the wiki will serve as an envolving table of contents. Right now, each heading is directly from Hanneman and Riddle. In cases where chapters explain conepts without offering procedures, I linked directly to their book. In other cases, I am creating wiki pages that include their subheadings where, eventually we hope readers will find relevant R code. The bibliography will contain links to websites, videos, papers, and other helpful resources.