The Lessons of a Bad Network Graph

Digital Humanities
Spurred by our DH reading group at Northeastern, as well as my general tendency to jump into things before really knowing what I'm doing, I decided a few weeks ago to download Gephi and see what sort of rudimentary networks I could create. I'd been cataloging the service record of each of my Preble's Boys officers, setting up the chart so that I could see concurrent service. I started out just looking to see whether any of the Boys had actually served on the same ship as Edward Preble, but as I created the chart¬†(the link here is to a more fleshed-out chart with more comprehensive data),¬†some other patterns began to emerge. So I thought, let's plug this into Gephi and see what happens! I set up my network, fumbling…
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