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It would be really nice if network relationships were simple. Mostly we
treat them as simple because we don't have the tools or the data for more
I would suggest that the major conceptual fault line between types of link
is between transmission links and nontransmission links. Transmission links
may be "infection" links (where neither the sender nor the receiver intends
for a transmission to take place), "coordination" links (where both parties
intend the transmission, as in an economic transaction), "influence" links
(where it is the sender who intends the transmission to take place), or
"support" links (where the sender transmit a request for help, but it is the
receiver of the request who decides whether the help takes place).
Then there are the nontransmission links, like symmetrical "friendship"
links and asymmetrical "preference" links, and "similarity" links where
nothing is transmitted in any concrete (or probably even symbolic) way.
This may not help a lot, but welcome to network analysis.
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From: "Emilie Marquois" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 5:07 AM
Subject: Characteristics of a relation
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> Hello Socnetters,
> As I read more about the social networks analysis, a few questions arise
> about the characteristics of a relation in a social network (type,
> content, nature, etc.).
> I would really appreciate if you could help me to best understand what are
> the characteristics of a relation in a social network, and which ones are
> generally given in studies.
> Many thanks,
> Emilie Marquois
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