Statistics in archaeological social network analysis

Lutz Schubert*, Athanasios Tsitsipas, Lieve Donnellan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Methods from Social Network Analysis are frequently used to assess social relationships in prehistoric times. Archaeological data are primarily stochastic by nature and subject to interpretation - this is not in line with the methods of Social Network Analysis. This paper examines the concrete problems and suggests a method to deal with stochastic data in such analysis, thus allowing archaeological investigation. We suggest a "stability" measurement that allows assessing the "quality" of a Social Network Analysis - this is a novum for this type of analysis and allows archaeologists or sociologists to reason over the likelihood that a specific interpretation is correct.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics, ICNAAM 2018
EditorsCh. Tsitouras, T.E. Simos
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735418547
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2019
EventInternational Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2018, ICNAAM 2018 - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 13 Sept 201818 Sept 2018

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceInternational Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2018, ICNAAM 2018


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