Netlogo is an awesome piece of software! Its main functions are performed by turtles and its code can be written by babies… I rest my case!
Netlogo actually has amazing built-in capabilities for doing network science. The standard open-source free installation of Netlogo allows you to represent, analyse and simulate networks with great ease and a nice visual user interface. It is by far the easiest way of rapidly implementing ideas for social network mechanisms. Indeed, its often called the sketchbook of programming languages. Moreover, learning Netlogo is a great way to get into coding.
So give it a try!
I just wrote a step-by-step tutorial on how to do network science with Netlogo. You will learn how to create a network, how to perform different network layouts, how simulate a network creation process, how to simulate a trade process taking place on the network, and how to analyse the network.
You can access the tutorial through the resources tab of this blog.
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