HONORS 493 - College Honors Seminar
Section: 001 Basic Concepts of Network Analysis
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
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Class Misc Info:
Meets 9/8/2009-10/20/2009. (Drop/Add deadline=09/14/09.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor or of the Honors Director.
Other Course Info:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Networks are everywhere: from social networks to the Web, from food webs to corporate alliances. This course introduces the basic concepts of network analysis and applies them, using software tools, to a variety of real-world networks. Students also model how networks grow and evolve and how processes such as information diffusion and coordination are affected by the structure of a social network.

learning objectives:

  • identify individuals central to the network
  • understand how networks form
  • model processes on networks
  • empirically analyze real-world networks

Grading scheme:

  • 40% 4 homework assignments
  • 40% final
  • 10% in class/online participation
  • 10% student demo

Reading: PDFs of relevant book chapters and articles will be available on cTools.

Software tools (free):

  • Pajek
  • Guess
  • NetLogo

Students should bring laptops to class.

Course outline:

  1. overview and class logistics
  2. centrality — individuals' position in the network, intro to Pajek
  3. visualization — introduction to Guess
  4. network models — Erdos-Renyi
  5. network models — small world
  6. network models — preferential attachment
  7. diffusion
  8. community structure
  9. opinion formation
  10. games on networks
  11. resilience
  12. review

HONORS 493 - College Honors Seminar
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001 (SEM)
11LSA Hnrs
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Introduction to Networks meets in 317A West Hall the first 6 weeks of the Fall semester for 1 credit
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