Online Social Networks: Concepts for Data Collection and Analysis
Hogan, B. (2017). Online Social Networks: Concepts for Data Collection and Analysis. In Fieldng, N.G., Lee, R., & Blank, G. (eds). The Sage Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Pp. 241-258.
23 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2017
Date Written: March 21, 2016
This chapter presents on overview of social networks at a variety of scales that are accessible online. It begins with basic definitions of network analysis terms such as one-mode and multiplex networks. It continues by elaborating on sources of network data online. It shows a simple example of how to download a one-degree network from Twitter. It briefly mentions changes in data access through APIs and ethics. The penultimate section reviews approaches to analyzing networks such as by node, by cluster and for the whole network. The uploaded paper is the uncorrected proofs. Please consult the original text for proper pagination and corrected quotes.
Keywords: social networks, tutorial, introduction, social media
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