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Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis

Social and Economic Networks Models and Analysis

Learn how to model social and economic networks and their impact on human behaviour.

Stanford University Online Course Highlights
  • weeks long
  • 25 hours to complete
  • FREE, Upgradable
  • Self-Paced
  • Taught by: Matthew O. Jackson, Professor
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Online Course Details:

How do networks form, why do they exhibit certain patterns, and how do their structure impact diffusion, learning, and other behaviours? We will bring together models and techniques from economics, sociology, math, physics, statistics and computer science to answer these questions.

The course begins with some empirical background on social and economic networks, and an overview of concepts used to describe and measure networks.

Next, we will cover a set of models of how networks form, including random network models as well as strategic formation models, and some hybrids. We will then discuss a series of models of how networks impact behaviour, including contagion, diffusion, learning, and peer influences.


  • Social Network
  • Game Theory
  • Network Analysis
  • Network Theory

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