In this series, Arianna Sacco writes about her research. Her research focuses on the Second Intermediate Period in ancient Egypt. In these articles, Arianna devotes particular attention to her approach to studying this period, which makes extensive use of network analysis.
In network analysis, the shape of the network that you build, as well as what your graph looks like, and in general the results of the analysis, all depend on the matrix. Therefore, the way you structure the matrix is important.
In this article, the fourth in a series on network analysis, Arianna reviews three software applications that she has tried for her research. She will explain the reasons why she opted to use ORA.
When studying networks, there are fundamental aspects that you need to consider and options that you need to weigh during the first steps of your analysis.
The first step when conducting network analysis is to select what material to include in your database and how to structure the data. Arianna explains how you would go about creating a database, and how your database impacts the analysis of the evidence.
The way we look at archaeological remains shape what we think about our past. In studying the Second Intermediate Period, a lesser-known part of Egyptian history, a new methodology has proven useful: network analysis.