Reorder Edgelist?

Oct 6, 2015 at 1:59 PM
I'm relatively new to NodeXL, and I read online that you may want to reorder your edgelist when creating a sociogram. What is the advantage of reordering? If you continue to ask NodeXL to "lay out again" will you eventually get to the same sociogram you would achieve by reordering?

Thank you!
Oct 6, 2015 at 9:34 PM

Thank you for the interest in NodeXL!

The Edges worksheet can be filtered or sorted using Excel's basic features.

Edges can have a sequence number or timestamp.

Changing the order of edges in the Edges worksheet has limited impact on the display of the network or its calculated metrics.

NodeXL has several layouts, some of which are non-deterministic, they do not always generate the same results (even with the same inputs).

If you repeat a layout there is some (small) chance that the network will take on a shape that a prior iteration also created.

In short, there is no particular benefit to reordering the Edges worksheet.

Sorting the Edges worksheet can bring certain people, time periods, or content to the top of the list - so this can be a useful application of reordering the Edges worksheet.