This tutorial is a joint product of the Statnet Development Team:
Pavel N. Krivitsky (University of New South Wales)
Martina Morris (University of Washington)
Mark S. Handcock (University of California, Los Angeles)
Carter T. Butts (University of California, Irvine)
David R. Hunter (Penn State University)
Steven M. Goodreau (University of Washington)
Chad Klumb (University of Washington)
Skye Bender de-Moll (Oakland, CA)
The software demonstrated in this tutorial is authored by Emily Beylerian and Martina Morris.
statnet packages are open-source, written for the
R computing environment, and published on CRAN. The
source repositories are hosted on GitHub. Our website is statnet.org
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This workshop and tutorial provide an introduction to using the
statnetWeb Shiny app for network analysis with
statnet. These online materials have been designed for both
formal workshops and self-study, with many examples to provide hands-on
experience with the software, and self-contained data.
statnetWeb you can:
R (R Core Team 2021) is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS. It is designed to provide a platform for others to contribute “packages” – software that performs specific types of statistical analysis, visualization, and application building.
is an R package that allows developers to create applications for
users that run in a web browser and provide a simple point-and-click
interface to the functionality of other R packages. For examples, you
can take a look at the apps hosted on the Shiny Gallery. A really
simple example is this K-means
clustering app. Instead of the user having to code up the R script
to run and plot the k-mean clustering of the data, they just need to
point and click the controls on the left side of the screen. Another
Shiny app that has some nice network vizualizations is the CRAN
explorer (you’ll need to page down to the interactive part about 3
Shiny apps provide a simple way for non-technical users to interact
with data, using R packages in the background without having to learn
coding. While most Shiny apps are designed to be used to explore a
particular dataset on a website, we designed
instead as a pedagogical tool for learning how to analyze network
statnet (Krivitsky et al.
2003-2020; Handcock et al. 2008) is a suite of R packages for the
management, exploration, statistical analysis, simulation and
visualization of network data. The statistical modeling framework relies
on Exponential-family Random Graph Models (ERGMs). All of the software
is open source (GPL-3), with development on GitHub, and packages published to the Comprehensive R Archive Network
is an R Shiny app for network data analysis that gives a user access to
the functionality of three
network (Butts 2008, 2021) – storage and manipulation of network data
sna (Butts 2020) – descriptive statistics and graphics for exploratory network analysis`
ergm (Handcock et al. 2022) – statistical modeling of networks using Exponential-family Random Graph Models
This set of packages from the
statnet suite is designed
for static (or “cross-sectional”) network analysis. While the models
that can be specified in
ergm include some types of
continuously valued ties, this workshop focuses on simple binary tie
None. This is a very basic introductory workshop.
There are two ways to run
statnetWeb, both of which are
covered in the tutorial:
via an online portal, in which case no software installation of any kind is required, one only needs an internet connection.
by launching the package
statnetWeb from the R
command line. This will pop up a browser window on your local machine,
giving you the same experience as the online portal, but the session
will be running on your local machine rather than the cloud. In this
case, it is necessary to install:
the latest version of R (available here).
statnetWeb package, which can be installed from
the R command line with the following expression:
statnetWeb will automatically install the
three required packages from the
statnet suite that will be
running in the background while you are using the app. Information about
installing additional packages from the Statnet suite can be found on
Finally, our workshops are generally conducted using the free version of RStudio (available here). Since this particular workshop runs in a browser window, you won’t interact much with the R program directly, so it will have little impact on your experience here. But we recommend it as a very useful environment for running R.
Since this workshop is entirely interactive, there is no code to run, and the instructions for the guided interactive session are included in pdf format
You can save the tutorial from the browser window.
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