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Inaugural lecture Marijtje van Duijn: Statistiek in de sociale wetenschappen: The best of two worlds

When:Fr 13-01-2023 16:15 - 17:00
Where:Aula Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen

How can you use statistics as a bridge between scientific theories and research data? This question fascinates Marijtje van Duijn immensely. She will elaborate on this topic during her inaugural lecture in the Academy Building on January 13.

Two worlds

As a statistician within the sociology department, Marijtje van Duijn forms the link between research questions and data. Van Duijn: "In research, the central question and the statistical models must obviously fit well together, but it is also important to look at the extent to which the research question is or can be answered with the data." This link between theory and empirical data is the focus of van Duijn's inaugural lecture on January 13: 'Statistics in the social sciences: The best of two worlds'.

Social network analysis

Van Duijn's specialisation is social network analysis, a method that allows analysing relationships between people. "In sociology, a lot of research is done on social networks. The structure of these networks requires a special approach, as normal regression analysis is not possible. As a group, we have been working very hard over the past 20 years to develop methods that do justice to the complexity of these networks."


Statistical models for social network analysis are known for not being easy to run and interpret, but that is precisely what attracts van Duijn. "These analyses can indeed be quite complicated. And the questions are also complex. Working with these models is not straightforward, but a challenging puzzle. I find it exciting to work with researchers and try to answer their questions as well as possible."

More information

Inaugural lecture: Prof M.A.J. (Marijtje) van Duijn

  • Title: Statistiek in de sociale wetenschappen: The best of two worlds
  • Chair: Statistics, in particular models for social network analysis
  • Faculty: Behavioural and Social Sciences

Registration no later than 6 January via the registration form .

Livestream on 13 January 2023, see:

The online oration booklet will be published on 13 January.

Full-text open access version of the lecture:

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