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We presented a paper on this topic in the area of community coalitions
expecting increased density to lead to increased uptake of prevention
programs and policies. We found this not to be true, however, and found
that increased density was associated with less adoption. It surprised
us, but was consistent with 2 other presentations at the conference.
The paper reporting our results is currently under review, but I can
send you a copy if you'd like.
Cami Ryan wrote:
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>Dear Soc-Net Colleagues:
>Can anyone point to specific theories or studies wherein increased
>density is assumed to lead to increased output or improved performance?
>I assume that if one is studying communication networks that this
>assumption might hold. In other cases, maybe not (I am thinking of the
>value of 'weak ties' and 'structural holes').
>Alternatively, has there been work done (comparatively speaking) to
>uncover 'optimal' densities as it relates to networks?
>Any help that you can offer in this would be great!
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