Kinship, computing, and anthropology

Stephen M. Lyon, Simeon S. Magliveras

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This article proposes two important points about genealogical software: (a) Not all such software need necessarily be complicated or address high level theoretical issues, and (b) diversity of data, processing, and infrastructure means that it is particularly desirable that scholars begin to understand software tools as utilities that should have flexibility, including platform independence built into the design from the outset. Following a discussion of high performance packages used by White and Houseman to analyze social networks from marital data, the authors present examples from their research that suggest that even apparently trivial, nonanalytic tasks that form part of the process of preparing data for higher end analyses may yield exciting and productive results. The authors conclude with a statement on the nature of escience in anthropology and the implications for the types of software that will be most useful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-42
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Anthropology
  • E-science
  • Kinship
  • Software


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