Can You Perform Social Mapping with Network Analyst?

Discussion created by mtgis on Aug 5, 2011
Latest reply on Aug 8, 2011 by bsriramak
Hi All - I'm hoping that someone may be able to point me in the right direction.  I was wondering if Network Analyst can be used with data other than transportation data?  For example, I have a point Shapefile with an attribute table that contains lineage/kinship data of families in a village.  With Network Analyst could I import that data and create a network that would connect households based on a common relationship (cousins, brothers, sisters)?  Ideally, in the end I would like to have a map that shows these linkages with symbology applied to each node to help identify common families.  Any help would be greatly appreciated as I've hit a wall trying to figure out if this type of modeling is possible with ArcGIS.  Something tells me it is I just can't see how to do it with the tools available.  Thanks kindly :)