New Tutorial: dealing with missing data in archaeological networks

Archaeology is plagued by a phenomenon us experts call ‘shit data’. We can rarely be certain that the collection of materials available to us is a representative sample. This has enormous implications when creating archaeological networks from these datasets. Can we trust the network results we calculate? How much would the centrality of nodes change if we assume 10,20, or 90% of our data is unreliable?

Matt Peeples prepared a fantastic tutorial that introduces statistical and network science techniques for performing such sensitivity analyses. You can access it on the resources tab of this blog or on Matt’s website.


Network Analysis with Cytoscape Tutorial

visEver wanted to learn network analysis on your own but thought it’s just a bit too scary? Many friends and colleagues I talk to about networks sure seem to feel this way. Well, network analysis does not have to be difficult or scary at all. There are many free network software platforms out there and many of them have a user-friendly interface. I decided to make a tutorial I have been using for a few years now publicly available, in the hope that it can be of interest and help to some.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create, visualise and analyse networks using Cytoscape, and how to export the results of these analyses. This practical is conceived as an introduction to exploratory network analysis for the Humanities, using an archaeological/geographical example. Moreover, the resource includes a list of introductory bibliography and software. Have a look at my resources page to download the tutorial. Good luck!

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