Best network/graph theory software for non-techies?
June 18, 2012 11:19 AM Subscribe
I'm teaching a minicourse about networks, graphs, and computation to a non-technical audience (mostly grad students in the humanities.) What's the right software platform?
posted by escabeche to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
This is a "maker"-style event, where the goal is for students to mess around with data from their own work and to leave having made the first steps into being able to do the analysis on their own. So my criteria are
a) free or at least very cheap, since I'd like to ask participants to install this in advance;
b) easy to use for people who have no experience programming. GUI ideal, one-line-at-a-time command line interface probably OK, C or python-style programming not going to fly.
c) able to import and export in a variety of common formats. E.G. I wouldn't be surprised if participants have datasets they want to study which are currently in Excel.
Some current candidates are r (with the networks package) and Gephi.