Workshop materials

- Tutorial (HTML)

- Scripts with R commands from the tutorial

Familiarity with R, and experience with the Statnet packages for
static network analysis (`ergm`

, `network`

,
`sna`

). If new to network analysis with Statnet, the ERGM workshop is strongly
recommended. Previous experience with the Statnet packages for
descriptive analysis of temporal networks (`tsna`

,
`networkDynamic`

and `ndtv`

) is helpful but not
required.

This workshop and tutorial provide a hands-on introduction to working with temporal network data in Statnet: from exploratory data analysis and visualization to statistical modeling with Temporal Exponential-Family Random Graph Models (TERGMs). TERGMs are a broad, flexible class of models for representing the structure and dynamics observed in temporal networks. They can be used for both estimation from and simulation of dynamic network data. The topics covered in this workshop include:

- A brief overview of exploratory data analysis with temporal network data (using the Statnet packages ‘tsna’ for descriptive statistics and ‘ndtv’ to create network movies),
- Different types of dynamic network data (network panel data, a single cross-sectional network with link duration information, and cross-sectional, egocentrically sampled network data)
- Statistical model elements and specification using the Statnet
package
`tergm`

- Model estimation tools for each type of data in
`tergm`

- Model diagnostics in
`tergm`

, and

- Simulating dynamic networks from fitted models with
`tergm`

.

The tutorial appendices provide more details about separable models,
the interpretation of the “term operators” in `tergm`

, and a
more detailed example of EDA with forward reachable sets.