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Re: Role-analysis of "networking site" with expanding set of actors

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"Dr. Christian Stegbauer" <[log in to unmask]>

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Dr. Christian Stegbauer

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Sat, 28 Apr 2007 09:40:40 +0200

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Hi Carl,

if you are interested in the analysis of overlapping time frames of
mailing list data, may be our "Moving Structure" approach can be helpful.
You can find the slides of our Sunbelt presentation from last year here:
http://user.uni-frankfurt.de/~chris/Sunbelt/MovStruc.pdf

If you are interested in an extended version with a comparison of
different approaches, look here:
Christian Stegbauer, Alexander Rausch, 2006,
*"Moving Structure" als Analyseverfahren für Verlaufsdaten am Beispiel
von Mailinglisten*
in: Peter Ohly (Ed.), Methoden und Instrumente der Sozialwissenschaften.
SoFid. Sozialwissenschaftlicher Informationsdienst 2006/1.
available in the Internet:
http://www.gesis.org/Information/soFid/pdf/Methoden1_2006-1.pdf

Best,
Christian

Carl Nordlund schrieb:
> ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org *****
>
> Hi all,
> When sketching on a small SNA-style research project concerned with
> mail correspondence on a small, local web-community (aka networking
> site), a question/dilemma has arisen.
>
> Background: the project intends to to a role-structural analysis of
> the internal mail correspondence (valued directional data) on a
> web-community that started in July last year. We have full access to
> all such correspondence, both technically and legally/ethically,
> having data on sender, receiver, and date of 20000+ internal mails
> sent so far.
>
> However, as the web-community has grown from zero to 1050 users since
> its launch last summer, and as it is constantly growing (approx 50
> each month at the moment), thi non-constant number-of-actors is
> problematic. Creating a 1050x1050-matrix and using correspondence data
> since its genesis would assume, wrongly, that all 1050 current members
> have been members from the start. Possible alternatives, as I see
> them, would be to only use data for a fairly narrow time-period, let's
> say from January-March this year, either using the actors that were
> members as of January, or as of March. As we will primarily look at
> the role-structure, a third alternative would be to look at more
> "time-slices", shorter periods, for instance how the number of
> role-sets and their inter- and intra-positional ties looked for each
> month.
>
> How have others solved this problem, in theory and practice, with an
> expanding set of actors? All suggestions are much welcome!
>
> Yours,
> Carl
>

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PD Dr. Christian Stegbauer
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Institut für Gesellschafts- und Politikanalyse
60054 Frankfurt
Tel.Uni: 069 798-23543
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Magazin:
kommunikation@gesellschaft
Journal für alte und neue Medien aus soziologischer, kulturanthropologischer
und kommunikationswissenschaftlicher Perspektive
www.kommunikation-gesellschaft.de

noch druckfrisch:
Stegbauer, Christian / Rausch, Alexander
Strukturalistische Internetforschung. 2006. Ca. 269 S. Wiesbaden, VS-Verlag,*
ISBN: 3-531-15110-X
und
ebenfalls ganz neu
Stegbauer, Christian
Geschmackssache? Eine kleine Soziologie für Genießer.
2006. 167 Seiten.ISBN 3-939519-16-2. Hamburg: Merus


Mailingliste zur sozialen Netzwerkanalyse
SNA-De
https://dlist.server.uni-frankfurt.de/mailman/listinfo/sna-de

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