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Would it be appropriate to conduct a "straw poll" about response
rates in network studies? The alternative is to read papers pretty
indiscriminately and they don't always report this number anyway. The
questions I am interested in are:
a) What are "typical" values for your _published_ studies?
b) Below what response rate would warning bells ring and/or you
abandon a study if nothing could be done to increase response? Have
you abandoned studies/not published because of this?
I can summarise the stats to the list - or to individuals if there
isn't general interest.
The reason for doing this is that I have built a simulation to
explore different approaches to network sampling and I'd like to
"mark" on the output graphs, "typical" values for real studies as a
benchmark. The paper is about crime networks and I will be happy to
distribute drafts when it is finished. Of course, if anyone knows of
any meta analyses of network studies that report large numbers of
response rates then that would be very useful too, but my searches of
BIDS and JSTOR haven't thrown any up ...
Edmund Chattoe: Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, Littlegate
House, St Ebbes, Oxford, OX1 1PT, tel: 01865-286174, fax: 01865-286171,
http://www.sociology.ox.ac.uk Review Editor, J. Artificial Societies
and Social Simulation (JASSS) http://www.soc.surrey.ac.uk/JASSS/
"So act as
to treat humanity, whether in your own person or in another, always as an
end, and never as only a means." (Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles)
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