In this paper we build and analyze networks using the statistical and programming environment R and the igraph package. We investigate random, small-world, and scale-free networks and test a standard problem of connectivity on a random graph. We then develop a method to study how vaccination can alter the structure of a disease transmission network. We also discuss a variety of other uses for networks in biology. © EDP Sciences, 2011.
Hartvigsen G. (2011) Using R to build and assess network models in biology. Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena 6: 61-75. doi: 10.1051/mmnp/20116604