Dyadic Data Analysis with Amen
Dyadic data on pairs of objects, such as relational or social network data, often exhibit strong statistical dependencies. Certain types of second-order dependencies, such as degree heterogeneity and reciprocity, can be well-represented with additive random effects models. Higher-order dependencies, such as transitivity and stochastic equivalence, can often be represented with multiplicative effects. The amen package for the R statistical computing environment provides estimation and inference for a class of additive and multiplicative random effects models for ordinal, continuous, binary and other types of dyadic data. The package also provides methods for missing, censored and fixed-rank nomination data, as well as longitudinal dyadic data. This tutorial illustrates the amen package via example statistical analyses of several of these different data types. Keywords: Bayesian estimation, dyadic data, latent factor model, MCMC, random effects, regression, relational data, social network.