Group Based Trajectories of Network Formation and Dynamics

Group Based Trajectories of Network Formation and Dynamics

Social Networks.
2012, Vol. 34, Issue 4, Pages 506-514

In this paper, we propose the application of a semi-parametric statistical methodology called Group-
Based Developmental Trajectory Analysis to studying the dynamics of social networks. We begin with
a discussion of theoretical problems in network analysis that may benefit from this approach. Next, we
describe the methodology and how it can be applied to dyadic network data as well as aggregated node
level data. We then demonstrate the methodology by analyzing the Newcomb Fraternity and the van de
Bunt student data sets. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of potential directions for further research.