I'm looking for a few seasoned network researchers who can give me a little
guidance on choosing an optimal network size that will:
(a) maximize the range in centrality scores I will find within the network,
from highly central to peripheral, and
(b) minimize respondent fatigue, as I plan to ask each network member to
scan the list and spend time filling out multiple measures for each person
I am in the fortunate position of choosing size parameters for the networks
I will analyze, and I'd like to specify a range that has some grounding in
experience, if possible. I have potential access to networks that range
from 10 members up to 120, and I intuitively think that 10 may be too small
and that 120 may be too big. A pilot study is in the works to help me come
up with an optimal range, but I'm wondering if any of you, from experience,
can suggest a range that will satisfy both conditions.
P.S. I wish to publicly thank all of you who responded to my earlier email
about using the Web to collect network data. Your ideas and suggestions
were quite helpful and I'm moving along on this portion of my study. Thanks!