Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGMs)

14 Mar 2013 22:38

See exponential families and network data analysis, naturally.

My perspective on these models changed radically in the course of trying to establish that maximum likelihood estimation is consistent for them; but that story is a little long to tell here. See here, or just the paper.

Although many of the relevant papers appear in the journal Social Networks, published by Elsevier, the company responsible for deliberately publishing pseudo-journals such as The Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine, I know of no particular reason to believe that their findings are problematic. It would, however, be good if the community could shift to a journal whose publishers do not subvert the peer-review process whenever they find it profitable to do so.

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