What’s all this about p*/ERGM? So you’ve just experienced Prof. Noshir Contractor’s keynote, and he was all over this new-fangled technique for the statistical modeling of social networks, and you’ve never heard of it. Curious? Try one of these articles from our collaborators, generally acknowledged as excellent starting points:
- Anderson, C. J., Wasserman, S. and Crouch, B. (1999) “A p* primer: logit models for social networks.” Social Networks, 21: 37-66.
- Robins, G., Pattison, P., Kalish, Y., & Lusher, D. (2007). “An introduction to exponential random graph (p*) models for social networks.” Social Networks, 29(2): 173-191.
Read both – a slight edge to Robins, Pattison, Kalish and Lusher on the strength of their Figures which may elicit a genuine “Ah, ha!” moment, while the worked examples in Anderson, Wasserman, and Crouch are more substantial.