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There are lots of studying relating some kind of online relationships to
some kind of interpersonal (such as work) relationships.
Here's one of mine:
Rice, R. E. (1994). Relating electronic mail use and network structure to
R&D work networks and performance. Journal of Management Information
Systems, 11(1), 9-20.
Ronald E. Rice
Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication
Co-Director, Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media
President of the International Communication Association 2006-2007
Fulbright Professor, Finland 2006
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University of California
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Subject: Re: Validity of network ties
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> On 9/29/06, Cora Schaefer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Dear all,
>> the discussion here on network structure and patterns was very
>> In a similar vein, I'm trying to find literature that discuss the
>> of infering "real" social networks from online data.
> I think that phrasing things in this way may not be very productive.
> As I see it, a social network is a mental construct; it's a particular
> way of representing, and thinking about, certain kinds of data.
> In particular, in order to construct a (social) network you have to
> define what you mean by the entities and the connections between them.
> I'm guessing that by "real" social networks you may mean something
> like "networks which represent in-person, face-to-face
> interactions/relationships". I would say that this kind of network is
> neither more or less "real" than a network which is based on email
> interactions, or IM logs, or coauthorship of papers, none of which
> need involve any in-person contact at all.
> You can certainly ask the question "to what extent can we infer links
> social networks derived from data type A, based on social networks
> derived from data type B?" (as long as you specify what A and B are);
> I think that this is an interesting question, is much better defined,
> and doesn't imply any particular bias as to the "reality" of either
> Joshua O'Madadhain
>> A search on google.scholar did not turn up much. I've read the articles
>> danah boyd about the public displays of connection and wonder if there
>> similar articles. Can somebody point me in this direction?
>> Thanks a lot in advance!
>> Cora Schaefer
>> Dipl.-Psych. Cora Schaefer
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