Special Topics: Balancing Systematic and Flexible Exploration of Social Networks

The special topic calls for papers on Balancing Systematic and Flexible Exploration of Social Networks and such papers will appear in Studies in Sociology of Science as a special column.

Affiliated research area: Social Networks, Interactive Graph Visualization, Attribute Ranking, Coordinated Views, Exploratory Data Analysis


Social network analysis (SNA) has emerged as a powerful method for understanding the importance of relationships in networks. However, interactive exploration of networks is currently challenging because: (1) it is difficult to find patterns and comprehend the structure of networks with many nodes and links, and (2) current systems are often a medley of statistical methods and overwhelming visual output which leaves many analysts uncertain about how to explore in an orderly manner. This results in exploration that is largely opportunistic. Our contributions are techniques to help structural analysts understand social networks more effectively. We present SocialAction, a system that uses attribute ranking and coordinated views to help users systematically examine numerous SNA measures. Users can (1) flexibly iterate through visualizations of measures to gain an overview, filter nodes, and find outliers, (2) aggregate networks using link structure, find cohesive subgroups, and focus on communities of interest, and (3) untangle networks by viewing different link types separately, or find patterns across different link types using a matrix overview. For each operation, a stable node layout is maintained in the network visualization so users can make comparisons. SocialAction offers analysts a strategy beyond opportunism, as it provides systematic, yet flexible, techniques for exploring social networks.


In addition to the Review and Original Articles by invited speakers, we are inviting you to submit a relevant research paper on Balancing Systematic and Flexible Exploration of Social Networks for consideration. Papers will be subject to normal peer review and must comply with the Guide for Authors.

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Related Conferences:

2012 IEEE First International Conference on Internet Operating Systems

Related Journals (Special issue):

Studies in Sociology of Science, ISSN 1923-0176 [Print], ISSN 1923-0184 [Online]. http://cscanada.net/index.php/sss/index


Related Articles:

Exploring Social Structure, Participation and Knowledge Dissemination within an Online Game Design Community: Sploder ISBN: 978-1-4673-5092-1