The analysis of social network data: an exciting frontier for statisticians‡

@inproceedings{OMalley2013TheAO,
  title={The analysis of social network data: an exciting frontier for statisticians‡},
  author={A. James O'Malley},
  booktitle={Statistics in medicine},
  year={2013}
}
The catalyst for this paper is the recent interest in the relationship between social networks and an individual's health, which has arisen following a series of papers by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler on person- to-person spread of health behaviors. In this issue, they provide a detailed explanation of their methods that offers insights, justifications, and responses to criticisms. In this paper, we introduce some of the key statistical methods used in social network analysis and… CONTINUE READING