***** 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
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
> 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
> tel: +358-9-19123962
> fax: +358-9-19124509
> SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social
> network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send
> an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line
> UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.
SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social
network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send
an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line
UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.