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Re: Fwd: Collecting ego-centric network data through web

From:

Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>

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Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 20 Dec 2002 16:17:55 -0500

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*****  To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/  *****

News on the Sonquist, et al, ego-net file.
Plus other good stuff.
 Barry
 ___________________________________________________________________

  Barry Wellman        Professor of Sociology       NetLab Director
  [log in to unmask]   http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman

  Centre for Urban & Community Studies        University of Toronto
  455 Spadina Avenue   Toronto Canada M5S 2G8   fax:+1-416-978-7162
 ___________________________________________________________________

On Fri, 20 Dec 2002, John Sonquist wrote:

> Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 13:19:03 -0800
> From: John Sonquist <[log in to unmask]>
> To: Wellman <[log in to unmask]>
> Cc: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Fwd: Collecting ego-centric network data through web
>
> Barry:  Wow! You have a great memory!  The article in question
> was "Relational databases for combined network and attribute data
> files: a SAS implementation" by J.P.Mulherin, H.M.Kawabata and
> J.A.Sonquist, CONNECTIONS Vol IV, Number 1, Spring 1981.  However,
> since Lonkila's problem only involves one type of entity (the
> person) and connections between them, he only needs two files:  A
> relational database would work fine.  What's needed is just a
> person file (with all egos and alters in it, together with their
> attributes) and a connection file showing the types of connections,
> direction, and strength, from ego to alter whoever they are.
> Either Filemaker Pro or Microsoft Access can handle the data
> management and produce SPSS input as a tab-delimited file.  The
> connection file has one record for each (i,j) link.  Some
> programming might be necessary to get that into shape for a network
> analysis program.
>
> My regards to all network researchers everywhere!  And thank you to
> Prof. John Mohr for forwarding this to me.
>
> John A. Sonquist, Professor Emeritus, UCSB
>
>
>
>
> Quoting John Mohr <[log in to unmask]>:
>
> > Hi John:
> >     Thought you'd like to know that your work is being
> > cited.... -  John
> >
> > Begin forwarded message:
> >
> > > From: Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>
> > > Date: Wed Dec 18, 2002  05:45:27 AM US/Pacific
> > > To: [log in to unmask]
> > > Subject: Re: Collecting ego-centric network data through web
> > > Reply-To: Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>
> > >
> > > *****  To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/  *****
> > >
> > > Markku, et al.
> > >
> > > I've been doing this for years, even while Claude Fischer was
> > in knee
> > > pants. Inter alia, I think it is worth considering doing in
> > addition to
> > > Claude's specific prompts, general Qs about people you're close
> > to
> > > and/or
> > > are important in your life.
> > >
> > > You're right in your file setup. ALtho I've only done the first
> > 2:
> > > Respondent/Network Summary file (density, etc.), and Tie-wise
> > file. The
> > > trick is to cross-reference them.
> > >
> > > With co-authors, I have 2 papers written up in Connections on
> > how to do
> > > this -- one for SPSS and one for SAS users. They are on my
> > website.
> > >
> > > Many years ago, John Sonquist published an article in
> > Connections about
> > > how to do the network matrix file -- and link it to the first
> > two.
> > > If anyone wants this, I will look it up, xerox, and mail to
> > you.
> > > However,
> > > as this is a PITA, I will have to ask you to send a $10 check
> > in advance
> > > (make it out to me) for our Lab's morale fund.
> > >
> > > Incidentally, we are close to starting an INSNA project to scan
> > in the
> > > early typewritten Connections into computer archives for
> > mounting on the
> > > INSNA site: don't hold your breath as to promptness because
> > this is a
> > > sidetrip.
> > >
> > > Good luck,
> > > Barry
> > >
> >
> ___________________________________________________________________
> > >
> > >   Barry Wellman        Professor of Sociology       NetLab
> > Director
> > >   [log in to unmask]
> > http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman
> > >
> > >   Centre for Urban & Community Studies        University of
> > Toronto
> > >   455 Spadina Avenue   Toronto Canada M5S 2G8
> > fax:+1-416-978-7162
> > >
> >
> ___________________________________________________________________
> > >
> > > On Wed, 18 Dec 2002, MARKKU LONKILA (SOSIO) wrote:
> > >
> > >> Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 12:31:16 +0200
> > >> From: "MARKKU LONKILA (SOSIO)" <[log in to unmask]>
> > >> To: [log in to unmask]
> > >> Subject: Collecting ego-centric network data through web
> > >>
> > >> *****  To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/  *****
> > >>
> > >> Dear Socnetters,
> > >>
> > >> (My apologies if this was asked recently: I tried to check it
> > out
> > >> in my mail archives but did not find anything):
> > >>
> > >> I want to ask your advice on how to collect data on personal
> > >> (ego-centric) networks through web. Here is what I would
> > >> like to do:
> > >>
> > >> 1. I have constructed a network questionnaire – a modified
> > >> version of Claude Fischer’s network questionnaire - which
> > >> contains the following kinds of questions:
> > >> a) ‘standard’ survey questions concerning ego (age, sex, some
> > >> other questions including open-ended ones…)
> > >> b) name generators on ego’s alters (e.g. from whom ego
> > >> could get advice on important life decisions, from whom s/he
> > >> could loan an important sum of money…).
> > >>
> > >> 2. For each ego, these name generators should give me a list
> > >> of alters’ names (in practice, first names and the initials
> > of
> > >> family names). I would further like to ask ego about:
> > >> a) the interconnections between his/her alters (who knows
> > >> whom according to ego)
> > >> b) socio-economic data on his/her alters (sex, age…)
> > >>
> > >> I would like to put this questionnaire on my website and send
> > >> an e-mail to selected egos asking them to visit this website
> > and
> > >> fill in the questionnaire.
> > >>
> > >> 3. As a result I would like to get three files:
> > >> a) A file (preferable an SPSS input file) containing data on
> > all
> > >> egos.
> > >> b) Another file (SPSS) containing data on all alters
> > >> c)  Lastly, for each ego, a ‘who-knows’whom’ –matrix in the
> > >> form accepted by, say, UCINET.
> > >>
> > >> Has anybody tried to do anything of this kind? Is it
> > technically
> > >> feasible? Does it require a lot of programming or are there
> > >> existing applications I could use? Though I am not a computer
> > >> specialist, I would imagine clever technical/visual ways to
> > ask
> > >> ego, say, about the interconnections between his/her alters.
> > >>
> > >> If the network part is too complicated, I’d be interested in
> > >> your experiences in doing standard surveys through the web –
> > >> including your thoughts on response rate (If this is beside
> > the
> > >> point of this list, please, send your replies directly to
> > me).
> > >>
> > >> With best regards & thanks in advance,
> > >>
> > >> Markku Lonkila
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> --------------------------
> > >> Markku Lonkila
> > >> Ph.D., Fellow
> > >> Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
> > >> e-mail: [log in to unmask]
> > >> snake-mail: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
> > >> P.O.BOX 4 (Yliopistonkatu 3)
> > >> 00014 University of Helsinki
> > >> FINLAND
> > >> tel: +358-9-19123962
> > >> fax: +358-9-19124509
> > >>
> > >>
> >
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