2020 Sunbelt Workshop: Multilevel and Hierarchical Exponential-Family Random Random Graph Models with Local Dependence
Talk, International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, Paris, FR
In social networks, ties depend on other ties owing to social processes that give rise to transitive closure and other forms of closure. While in small social networks ties can depend on all other ties, in large social networks ties do not depend on all other ties but depend on a subset of other ties, because social networks are more local than global in nature. A simple class of models that respects the local nature of social networks assumes that actors are divided into subsets and ties depend on other ties within the same subset, but do not depend on ties outside of the subset. If the subsets are observed, the network is a special case of a multilevel network. Otherwise, the subsets have to be learned from observed social networks.