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Connecting the dots: Making sense of sociograms


Wiley, Jennilyn M.


This chapter provides a practical approach to understanding the history, terminology, and methods used to create sociograms, which are graph-based visualizations that showcase social connections. Data collection processes, privacy implications, and ties to DEI initiatives are explored as they relate to responsibly interpreting, evaluating, and creating this type of visualization. Examples of data visualization in social network analysis (SNA) as it has been used by the fields of social psychology, human resources, and education are included to demonstrate the breadth and practicality of the approach.