Use of Maximal Spanning Trees and the Gamma Test of Monotone Trend in the Development and Assessment of Teams

Nicole Bhalla Fernandez, Juliet Aiken, James T. Smith III, Georgetown University Law Center Analysis of Social Networks may be further supported through the collection of ordinal data. Such data may help to determine potentially optimal teams extending across groups or departments through the use of Kruskal’s Algorithm for the identification of Maximal Spanning Trees. Ordinal assessments of workers by those who have collaborated with them in the past may be aggregated into simple, stratified network visualizations to identify high performing members as well as those who may need retraining or reassignment. Contingency table analysis and the Gamma Test of Monotone Trend may provide further evidence supporting the identification of such individuals. Additionally, the Gamma Test offers a more powerful and informative alternative to the Chi-Squared Test of Independence. These methods stand out as an area for further research in practical settings and may be streamlined into existing research practices with ease. Download copies of COINs 2009 research and industry papers at ScienceDirect. Link: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, The 1st Collaborative Innovation Networks Conference - COINs2009. Edited by Kenneth Riopelle, Peter Gloor, Christine Miller and Julia Gluesing. Connect to the COINs 2010 Conference community across these media platforms: o COINs 2010


o Facebook o Flickr o Livestream o Scribd o Slideshare o Twitter o Hashtag #COINS2010 o Vimeo o You Tube The COINs 2010 conference, Oct. 7–9, 2010, is presented by I-Open and the COINs Collaborative, an initiative of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Wayne State University College of Engineering Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Collective Intelligence. The collaborative builds open knowledge networks to advance the emerging science of collaboration for research and industry competitive advantage. Hosted by SCAD. For more information about the COINs 2010 conference, visit


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