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\name{statnet-package}
\alias{statnet-package}
\alias{statnet}
\docType{package}
\title{
Easily Install and Load the \code{statnet} Packages for Statistical Network Analysis
}
\description{
\code{statnet} is a collection of software packages for statistical network
analysis that are designed to work together, with a common data structure
and API, to provide seamless access to
a broad range of network analytic and graphical methodology.  This package
is designed to make it easy to install and load multiple
\code{statnet} packages in a single step.

\code{statnet} software implements recent advances in network modeling based on
exponential-family random graph models (ERGM), as well as latent space
models and more traditional descriptive network methods. This
provides a comprehensive framework for cross-sectional and
dynamic network analysis: tools for description, network visualization
model estimation, model evaluation, model-based network simulation.
The statistical estimation and simulation functions
are based on a central Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm that
has been optimized for speed and robustness.

The code is actively developed and maintained by the \code{statnet} development team.
New functionality is being added over time.
}

\details{
\code{statnet} packages are written in a combination of \R and
\code{C} It is usually used interactively from within the \R graphical
user interface via a command line. it can also be used in
non-interactive (or batch'') mode to allow longer or multiple tasks
to be processed without user interaction.  The suite of packages are
available on the Comprehensive \R Archive Network (CRAN) at
\url{https://www.r-project.org/} and also on the \code{statnet} project
website at \url{http://www.statnet.org/}

The suite of packages has the following components (those automatically
downloaded with the \pkg{statnet} package are noted):

For data handling:

\itemize{

\item \pkg{network} is a package to create, store, modify and plot
the data in network objects.  The \code{\link[network]{network}}
object class, defined in the \pkg{network} package, can represent a
range of relational data types and it supports arbitrary vertex /
edge /graph attributes. Data stored as
\code{\link[network]{network}} objects can then be analyzed using
all of the component packages in the \pkg{statnet} suite.

\item \pkg{networkDynamic} extends \pkg{network} with functionality
to store information about about evolution of a network over time,
defining a \code{\link[networkDynamic]{networkDynamic}} object
class.
}

For analyzing cross-sectional networks:

\itemize{

\item \pkg{sna} is a set of tools for traditional social network
analysis.

\item \pkg{ergm} is a collection of functions to fit, simulate from,
plot and evaluate exponential random graph models. The main
functions within the \pkg{ergm} package are
\code{\link[ergm]{ergm}}, a function to fit linear exponential
random graph models in which the probability of a graph is dependent
upon a vector of graph statistics specified by the user;
\code{simulate}, a function to simulate random graphs using an ERGM;
and \code{\link[ergm]{gof}}, a function to evaluate the goodness of
fit of an ERGM to the data. \pkg{ergm} contains many other functions
as well.

\item \pkg{ergm.count} is an extension to \pkg{ergm} enabling it to
fit models for networks whose relations are counts.

\item \pkg{ergm.ego} is an extension to \pkg{ergm} enabling it to
fit models for networks based on egocentrically sampled network data.

\item \pkg{ergm.rank} is an extension to \pkg{ergm} enabling it to
fit models for networks whose relations are ranks.

\item \pkg{latentnet} is a package to fit and evaluate latent position
and cluster models for statistical networks The probability of a tie
is expressed as a function of distances between these nodes in a
latent space as well as functions of observed dyadic level
covariates.

\item \pkg{degreenet} is a package for the statistical modeling of
degree distributions of networks. It includes power-law models such
as the Yule and Waring, as well as a range of alternative models
that have been proposed in the literature.
}

For temporal (dynamic) network analysis:

\itemize{

\item \pkg{tsna} is a collection of extensions to \pkg{sna} that provide descriptive
summary statistics for temporal networks.

\item \pkg{tergm} is a collection of extentions to \pkg{ergm}
enabling it to fit discrete time models for temporal (dynamic) networks.
The main function
in \pkg{tergm} is \code{stergm} (the s'' stands for separable),
which allows the user to specify one ergm for tie formation, and another ergm
for tie dissolution.  The models can be fit to network panel data, or to a single
cross-sectional network with ancillary data on tie duration.

\item \pkg{relevent} is a package providing tools to fit relational
event models.
}

\itemize{

\item \pkg{ergm.userterms} provides a template for users who want to
implement their own new ERGM terms.

\item \pkg{networksis} is a package to simulate bipartite graphs
with fixed marginals through sequential importance sampling.

\item \pkg{EpiModel} is a package for simulating epidemics

}

\pkg{statnet} is a metapackage; its only purpose is to provide a convenient
way for a user to load the main packages in the \code{statnet} suite.
Those can, of course, also be installed individually.

Each package in \code{statnet} has associated help files and internal
documentation, and additional the information can be found on the \code{statnet}
project website (\url{http://www.statnet.org/}).  Tutorials, instructions
on how to join the statnet help
mailing list, references and links to further resources are provided
there.  For the reference paper(s) that provide information on the theory and
methodology behind each specific package
use the \code{citation("packagename")} function in \R after loading \pkg{statnet}.

We have invested much time and effort in creating the
\code{statnet} suite of packages and supporting material
so that others can use and build on these tools.
We ask in return that you cite it when you use it.
For publication of results obtained from \pkg{statnet}, the original
authors are to be cited as described in \code{citation("statnet")}.
If you are only using specific
package(s) from the suite, please cite the specific
package(s) as described in the appropriate
\code{citation("packgename")}.  Thank you!

}

\author{
Mark S. Handcock \email{handcock@stat.ucla.edu},\cr
David R. Hunter \email{dhunter@stat.psu.edu},\cr
Carter T. Butts \email{buttsc@uci.edu},\cr
Steven M. Goodreau \email{goodreau@uw.edu},\cr
Pavel N. Krivitsky \email{pavel@uow.edu.au}, \cr
Skye Bender-deMoll \email{skyebend@skyeome.net}, \cr
Samuel Jenness (for EpiModel) \email{samuel.m.jenness@emory.edu}, and \cr
Martina Morris \email{morrism@uw.edu}

Maintainer: Martina Morris \email{morris@uw.edu}
}