Social Network FAQs:


Q: Is a social network a social structure made up of a set of social actors?

A: Yes, and sets of dyadic ties, and other social interactions between actors.

Q: Are social networks also important in language shift?

A: Yes, as groups of people add and/or abandon languages to their repertoire.

Q: Are social networks self-organizing?

A: Yes, and emergent, and complex, such that a globally coherent pattern appears from the local interaction of the elements that make up the system.

Q: Are social networks increasingly incorporated into health care analytics?

A: Yes, and not only in epidemiological studies but also in models of patient communication and education, disease prevention, mental health diagnosis and treatment, and in the study of health care organizations and systems.

Q: Is a social network an individual in their social setting, i.e., an "actor" or "ego"?

A: Yes, Egonetwork analysis focuses on network characteristics such as size, relationship strength, density, centrality, prestige and roles such as isolates, liaisons, and bridges.

Q: Are social networks analyzed at the scale relevant to the researcher's theoretical question?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a social network a theoretical construct useful in the social sciences to study relationships between individuals, groups, organizations, or even entire societies?

A: Yes, The term is used to describe a social structure determined by such interactions.