Online research methods are popular, dynamic and fast-changing. Following on from the great success of the first edition, published in 2008, The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition offers both updates of existing subject areas and new chapters covering more recent developments, such as social media, big data, data visualization and CAQDAS. Bringing together the leading names in both qualitative and quantitative online research, this new edition is organised into nine sections: 1. Online Research Methods 2. Designing Online Research 3. Online Data Capture and Data Collection 4. The Online Survey 5. Digital Quantitative Analysis 6. Digital Text Analysis 7. Virtual Ethnography 8. Online Secondary Analysis: Resources and Methods 9. The Future of Online Social Research The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition is an essential resource for anyone interested in the contemporary practice of computer-mediated research and scholarship.

Chapter 15: Scale, Time, and Activity Patterns: Advanced Methods for the Analysis of Online Networks

Scale, Time, and Activity Patterns: Advanced Methods for the Analysis of Online Networks

SCALE, TIME, AND ACTIVITY PATTERNS: ADVANCED METHODS FOR THE ANALYSIS OF ONLINE NETWORKS
Javier Borge-Holthoefer Sandra Gonzlez-Bailn

Network Research and Digital Data

Social media and web technologies have become a prominent source of data for researchers interested in the analysis of social interactions and communication dynamics. Online data help us revisit old theoretical accounts of interpersonal influence, diffusion processes, or group formation. In other words, they offer an empirical domain in which to test and develop social theory. The analysis of online networks, however, also creates methodological challenges that are new to researchers used to employing more traditional measurement instruments like surveys or name generators, which are ...

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