Chapter 11 Network Dynamics and Temporality

It’s About Time!

So far in this class we’ve been mostly working with static networks or snapshots of dynamic networks. That’s enough for most of our needs. However, social networks are dynamic in nature. One important use of SNA is to understand how an network would function given its current structure. Such a question is genuinely about network dynamics.

In Week 11, we will:

  • Explore ways to conceptual time and temporality in SNA
  • Learn how to construct temporal networks
  • Learn approaches to visualizing and measuring temporal networks
  • Explore potential application of temporal SNA to our projects

Note: You may see people using different words temporal, dynamic, longitudinal interchangeably to describe social networks.