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There is no problem using MDS provided the stress level is low so that
the picture is a good representation of the data. The original
blockmodelling papers used MDS to cluster the actors based on SE. MDS
has it strengths and weakneses as does all the clustering methods.
Quoting Semenov Alexander <[log in to unmask]>:
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> Hello everybody,
> I have the following question. Is it appropriate to use MDS visualization of
> structural equivalence procedures like CONCOR. The case is that it's an
> output option of NetMiner CONCOR procedure, which I'm using. But today saw t
> the following phrase in Hanneman's book:
>> p. 106: "...one such approach is multidimensional scaling, but we will not
>> discuss it here -- as it is rarely
>> used for making sense of structural equivalence data."
> So, now I'm in doubt. Is it valid to visualize CONCOR with MDS or I have to
> choose other technique?
> Thanks in advance.
> Alexander Semenov.
> MA student
> Faculty of Sociology
> Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES)
> Graduate Student in Sociology at
> State University - Higher School of Economics
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