Goodness of Fit of Social Network Models ∗

  title={Goodness of Fit of Social Network Models ∗},
  author={David R. Hunter},
We present a systematic examination of a real network data set using maximum likelihood estimation for exponential random graph models as well as new procedures to evaluate how well the models fit the observed networks. These procedures compare structural statistics of the observed network with the corresponding statistics on networks simulated from the fitted model. We apply this approach to the study of friendship relations among high school students from the National Longitudinal Study of… CONTINUE READING