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Impact of methods for reducing respondent burden on personal network structural measures

McCarty, Christopher; Killworth, Peter D.; Rennell, James. 2007 Impact of methods for reducing respondent burden on personal network structural measures. Social Networks, 29 (2). 300-315. 10.1016/j.socnet.2006.12.005

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Abstract/Summary

We examine methods for reducing respondent burden in evaluating alter–alter ties on a set of network structural measures. The data consist of two sets, each containing 45 alters from respondent free lists: the first contains 447 personal networks, and the second 554. Respondents evaluated the communication between 990 alter pairs. The methods were (1) dropping alters from the end of the free-list, (2) randomly dropping alters, (3) randomly dropping links, and (4) predicting ties based on transitivity. For some measures network structure is captured with samples of less than 20 alters; other measures are less consistent. Researchers should be aware of the need to sample a minimum number of alters to capture structural variation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.socnet.2006.12.005
ISSN: 03788733
Additional Keywords: Personal networks; Structure; Respondent burden
Date made live: 03 Dec 2012 16:45 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/445853

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