The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations offers a comprehensive overview of research processes in social science - from the ideation and design of research projects, through the construction of theoretical arguments, to conceptualization, measurement, and data collection, and quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis - exposited through 65 major new contributions from leading international methodologists. Each chapter surveys, builds upon, and extends the modern state of the art in its area. Following through its six-part organization, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and practicing academics will be guided through the design, methods, and analysis of issues in Political Science and International Relations: Part One: Formulating Good Research Questions and Designing Good Research Projects; Part Two: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation; Part Three: Conceptualization and Measurement; Part Four: Large-Scale Data Collection and Representation Methods; Part Five: Quantitative-Empirical Methods; Part Six: Qualitative and Mixed Methods.
Chapter 30: Big Relational Data: Network-Analytic Measurement
Big Relational Data: Network-Analytic Measurement
In less than a decade, we entered an era of massive datasets reporting inter-connected observations. Social media data provides one of the most visible examples, but it represents just the tip of the data iceberg. Wireless phone networks, live transit data, e-cities and e-government data, citation networks, web page hyperlinks, congressional collaboration events, scientific mentorship dyads, are all part of vast, clean and accessible sources of information currently at our disposal. The flood of data is so extensive that empirically minded scholars have become hoarders of unused datasets stored in their computers.
Big relational data (BRD) represents a challenge to scholars trained in social network analysis, a field that developed most of its techniques to describe ...