approachable-network-analysis

Approachable Network Analysis

Materials from my presentation Approachable Network Analysis are now available: PDF

From the University of Michigan Business Intelligence Community of Experts site:

Approachable Network Analysis

Presenter

Jeff Horon
Business Analyst
Medical School Grant Review & Analysis Office

Summary

Unlock the power of network structures in your data. Learn how to build and analyze networks to gain insights through relationship analysis. Apply approachable techniques and free, user-friendly software. Transform the data you have into the data you need – from relational databases and unstructured text to common network structures.

Jeff detailed his work in the Medical School Grant Review & Analysis Office. Examples will include: Identifying networks of collaborators from eResearch Proposal Management [eRPM PAF] data, discovering networks of concepts in unstructured text, and use cases from other administrative data sets. Jeff’s presentation included:

-“Networks 101″ – The basic building blocks of networks
-How people in any campus unit can apply network analysis
-An emphasis on approachable techniques and free, user-friendly software
-Strategies for effectively visualizing and sharing network-driven insights
-Tools, tips, and tricks

Presented examples were produced with NodeXL, which is a product of Microsoft Research and university collaborators. NodeXL is very approachable — you can produce a network visualization by simply copying and pasting in two columns of properly-formatted data (i.e. an ‘edge list’). It computes a desirable set of network metrics, including eigenvector centrality. Layout, visual encoding, and aesthetics are top notch. It installs into Excel 2007+ as a template.

4 thoughts on “Approachable Network Analysis”

  1. Hi Horon,
    I’m a master degree student of National Taiwan University.
    Due to the great help of your handout “APPROACHABLE NETWORK ANALYSIS” that makes me understand the network structures, I’d like to ask if I can cite your handout as an example in my paper.
    Thank you very much!!

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