Estimating point centrality using different network sampling techniques

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Abstract

The paper outlines the methodological choices that analysts must make when sampling social networks and assesses the impact of different sampling techniques on the estimation of network parameters. Using data from Galaskiewicz's (1919) study of Towertown and River City, the results show the extent to which sampling percentage, the number of trials/estimates, sampling procedure, and network size and density affect the ability of researchers to estimate the point centrality of organizations in networks of information and money transactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-386
Number of pages40
JournalSocial Networks
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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