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Lew Friedland wrote:
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> Does anyone know of studies that document the ability of actors to
> accurately recognize the pattern and extent of networks in which they
> themselves are embedded, particularly complex community networks? I am
> interested in how community and civic actors see and navigate (or not)
> both their immediately surrounding networks and more extended community
> networks that are relevant to issue domains.
To add (somewhat self-servingly) to the list:
Butts, C.T. (2003). "Network Inference, Error, and Informant
(In)Accuracy: A Bayesian Approach." Social Networks, 25(2), 103-140.
Kumbasar, E.; Romney, A.K.; and Batchelder, W.H. (1994). "Systematic
Biases in Social Perception." American Journal of Sociology, 100(2),
The former piece also provides a brief review of some of the
(voluminous) literature on the accuracy of informants, at least vis a
vis social ties. You may find the cited works useful.
Hope that helps,
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