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Social network analysis has been one of the fastest growing and most influential areas of recent times. Why has this happened? What are the key features of social network analysis?

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Survey Methods for Network Data
Survey methods for network data
Peter V.Marsden

Surveys and questionnaires are widely used to assemble data on connections among persons or other social actors. Such methods have a long heritage: researchers used them to study interpersonal relationships among children as early as the 1920s (Freeman, 2004). In the twenty-first century, archival measures of linkages and transactions based on administrative records or computer-mediated communication systems have become much more abundant and accessible. Surveys nonetheless remain a vital source of network data for the many situations in which such records do not exist or do not include information about the relationships of interest, or in which direct observation, diaries, and other methods of collecting network data are impractical.

This chapter reviews basic issues in conducting ...

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