School Seminars and Colloquia

Exponential random graph models for social networks

Statistics Seminar

by Pip Pattison and Garry Robins


Institution: School of Behavioural Science, The University of Melbourne
Date: Thu 18th October 2007
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Room 213, Richard Berry Building, University of Melbourne

Abstract: We describe exponential random graph models, a family of statistical
models for social networks. New model specifications (Snijders, Pattison, Robins and Handcock, 2006) have greatly enhanced the capacity
of these models to fit observed network data. Simulation, estimation and
goodness of fit procedures will be discussed. An empirical example, dealing with the informal social structure of an all-male elite sporting club, illustrates the type of conclusions that may drawn using these models. We conclude with a brief review of our recent methodological
work, including parameter estimation based on incomplete network data
from snowball samples.

For More Information: Dr Owen Jones O.D.Jones@ms.unimelb.edu.au