# 4. A Relational Event Framework for Social Action

@article{Butts20084AR, title={4. A Relational Event Framework for Social Action}, author={Carter T. Butts}, journal={Sociological Methodology}, year={2008}, volume={38}, pages={155 - 200} }

Social behavior over short time scales is frequently understood in terms of actions, which can be thought of as discrete events in which one individual emits a behavior directed at one or more other entities in his or her environment (possibly including himself or herself). Here, we introduce a highly flexible framework for modeling actions within social settings, which permits likelihood-based inference for behavioral mechanisms with complex dependence. Examples are given for the… Expand

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