Chapter 3

Network Structure and Measures

This chapter will cover methods for understanding and comparing networks, the role of nodes within networks, measuring importance, and related properties.

The properties introduced here and the measures for quantifying them are important for many network analysis tasks. They allow an analyst to identify important or influential individuals, characterize the network structure, understand how individuals fit within the landscape of the network, and carry these properties forward to understand how and why things happen in a network. The field of social network analysis has many well-developed and validated measures that allow us to systematically characterize networks and the nodes within them.


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