This course introduces analysts to the broader concepts of connecting the dots through link analysis. A critical portion of conducting a successful analytical investigation is the ability to link together and understand the complexities of the connectedness between people and organizations. Introduction to Link Analysis (ILA) expands on the basic principles of link and association analyses explored in the Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training (FIAT) while building a framework for more advanced methods such as social network analysis. Students will learn the following concepts:
- Expanding basic knowledge of link and association analysis
- Explaining the process of social network analysis
- Understanding the visual mapping and mathematical components associated with link and social network analyses
Students should note that some of the concepts covered in ILA are also covered in the National White Collar Crime Center’s four-day FIAT instruction; therefore, some of the material in ILA can be duplicative for prior FIAT students.