How to get into social network analysis?
November 24, 2012 5:25 PM Subscribe
What's a good way to get into social network analysis? Wild like advice on graduate programs and industry.
posted by lacedcoffee to Education (17 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in network analysis, particularly for large, sociological datasets. I am interested in going to graduate school because it doesn't seem like my current experience is enough for industry jobs. I have a biomedical engineering background, and can program but have less of a footing on statistics. No experience in the social sciences either, though I do have a personal interest in it and enjoy reading pop books on the subject. I'm looking for phD programs because I enjoy research and projects more than coursework, but am open to a masters if its funded.
I am having trouble finding programs that specialize in social network analysis. Is this too new a thing? Is my best bet to get a standard stats degree and work for Facebook or something? I found just one program that specializes in social networks, but I have a feeling that they will be scattered in different fields, like computer science, math, stats, sociology, econ, maybe even business. Public health is also an option.
I'm feeling a little overwhelmed right now and not finding the right info. Is the anyone out there that knows about the field that can point me in the right direction or give me some leads? I basically want to study how organizations and agents within them work, the relationships between them as well as emergent properties, and use quantitative methods. What's the best way for me to do this given my (lack of) experience? Thanks!