New BJPS Paper
[2017-12-09] New paper:
Malang, Thomas, Laurence Brandenberger and Philip Leifeld (2018): Networks and Social Influence in European Legislative Politics. British Journal of Political Science.
We analyze collective vetoes by national parliaments in the EU using a new inferential network analysis technique. We identify social influence among parliaments around party ideology using temporal permutations in a bipartite relational event model.
Best Oral Presentation
[2017-12-09] My co-author Gillian Fergie received the Award for the Best Oral Presentation for our joint paper "A Discourse Network Analysis of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol: Mapping the Discursive Communities in UK Newspaper Coverage of the Debate" (with Shona Hilton and Ben Hawkins) at the 2017 Public Health Science Conference in London on 24 November. The meeting abstract was published in The Lancet.
ECPR Courses on Network Analysis
[2017-11-01] I will offer two network analysis courses at the ECPR Winter School 2018 (taking place in March):
Registration is open now.
Nature Climate Change
[2017-09-25] New paper:
Leifeld, Philip and Dana R. Fisher (2017): Membership Nominations in International Scientific Assessments. Nature Climate Change 7(10): 730-735.
In this paper, we analyze the network patterns by which members of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment recruited new members: through a snowball nomination system with a tendency to recruit experts through joint IO memberships, nationalities, and employers.
[2017-06-27] My book "Policy Debates as Dynamic Networks" has received an Honorable Mention for the Best Book Award from the Political Networks Section of the American Political Science Association. The award will be presented at the section's business meeting, to be held Friday, September 1, 6:30pm-7:30pm at the APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
New PLOS ONE article
[2017-04-09] A new open-access publication is online now:
Leifeld, Philip, Sandra Wankmüller, Valentin T. Z. Berger, Karin Ingold and Christiane Steiner (2017): Collaboration Patterns in the German Political Science Co-Authorship Network. PLOS ONE 12(4): e0174671.
DNA beta 19 and rDNA
[2017-04-09] A new beta version of the Discourse Network Analyzer is online: DNA 2.0 beta 19. DNA is a content analysis software with network export functions for actor-based analysis of policy debates. The major innovation in this version: rDNA, an R package with R bindings for DNA, has been re-implemented. More information here.
[2017-03-08] I will present some of my research at Eawag in Dübendorf/Zurich (room FC-F77) on 7 April 2017, 13:30-15:00. I will speak about bias in latent space models for 30 minutes and then present my new version of the software Discourse Network Analyzer (DNA) for an hour. Everyone welcome; please find more details here.
[2017-02-14] A new DNA version (2.0 beta 18) with a revised network export function is available for download.
[2017-01-18] My new article with the title "Navigating the Range of Statistical Tools for Inferential Network Analysis" in the American Journal of Political Science has been assigned to the January issue of the AJPS. My co-authors are Skyler J. Cranmer, Scott D. McClurg, and Meredith Rolfe. The publications page contains all the details.
ECPR course on Inferential Network Analysis
[2017-01-12] There are a few places left in my course on "Inferential Network Analysis" at the ECPR Winter School in Bamberg (Germany), taking place March 6-10, 2017. Anyone can register. There will be a late-registration fee after January 18, so better hurry up! In this course, I will teach ERGMs and their extensions and alternatives. Feel free to contact me with any questions about the course.
DNA 2.0 beta 17 online
[2017-01-12] A new beta version of the Discourse Network Analyzer is online. DNA 2.0 beta 17 is a pre-release, and updates will follow periodically. DNA is a content analysis software with network export functions for actor-based analysis of policy debates. More information here.
Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Scholarship
[UPDATE 2017-01-12] The position has been filled. Please do not submit further applications.
[2016-12-05] I am offering a PhD position with the topic "Dynamic Inferential Network Analysis for Public Health" at the University of Glasgow. This is one of the prestigious Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Scholarships with full funding (tuition fee waiver, stipend, and annual research budget for four years). Supervision is done jointly with supervisors in the social sciences, public health, and maths & stats. Application deadline is 13 January at noon. The project is already shortlisted, we just need a good applicant. More details here.
PhD and postdoc opportunities
[2016-10-20] A number of PhD and postdoc fellowships are available under my supervision in Glasgow. These are funding schemes for which a professor and a candidate need to apply together. Please see the Teaching and supervision page for details. Contact me if you are interested, and we can discuss about these opportunities.
Sign up for my course on Inferential Network Analysis
[2016-10-12] I will teach an advanced course on "Inferential Network Analysis" at the ECPR Winter School for Methods and Techniques in Bamberg (Germany), taking place March 6-10, 2017. The course is open to any interested participants. Registration is open now. There is an early-bird discount until November 2, and some funding options are available. Please register for this course to get hands-on training on ERGMs, TERGMs, TNAM, REM, QAP, and other network models. Feel free to contact me with any questions about the course.
New publication in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
[2016-09-27] "Do narcissism and emotional intelligence win us friends? Modeling dynamics of peer popularity using inferential network analysis." This is the title of a new paper I have published in the PSPB with Anna Czarna, Magdalena Śmieja, Michael Dufner, and Peter Salovey. A postprint PDF of...
OUP chapter on DNA
[2016-09-04] I have published a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Political Networks. The title of the paper is "Discourse Network Analysis: Policy Debates as Dynamic Networks." This contribution summarizes the state of the art on discourse networks. The chapter is now online at Oxford University Press.
Tutorial on writing texreg extensions
[2016-08-25] People keep asking me how to write extensions for my R package texreg to work with their favorite statistical models. I have now written a detailed tutorial and posted it as an answer on stackoverflow. texreg serves to create LaTeX, ASCII, and HTML tables of statistical model output in R. Please contribute extensions and send me the code to make texreg even better!
New AJPS article
[2016-07-15] I have published a new paper with the title "Navigating the Range of Statistical Tools for Inferential Network Analysis" in the American Journal of Political Science. My co-authors are Skyler J. Cranmer, Scott D. McClurg, and Meredith Rolfe. An advance online access version is available for download.
[2016-06-25] I am proud to announce that I have received the Award for the Best Poster on Methodology at the 9th Political Networks Conference at Washington University in St. Louis. The poster is about "Endogenous Coalition Formation in Policy Debates" and was co-authored by Laurence Brandenberger.