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I would second Sam's view.
We used QDS for a study where we collected up to 10 partners, with as 30-45 minutes of data on up to 3 of them.
QDS requires a brute force method for collecting network data. You need different variable names for the same variable for different partners. However, the ability to cut and paste makes the project manageable. So we would say that QDS allows for collecting network data simply, without having to program complicated skip patterns. It allows for easier use of string (when collecting names) data than other programs do.
David C. Bell
Professor of Sociology
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
On Dec 21, 2010, at 7:19 PM, Wagner, Karla wrote:
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> Dear list members,
> Does anyone have experience, advice, or resources for programming an ego-centered network data collection form using QDS? In order to be compatible with other projects in my group I need to use an interviewer administered interview (CAPI) programmed in QDS, but am having trouble making some decisions about the best strategy for programming (i.e., issues such as skip patterns, question flow, etc.).
> I found one thread here with a few papers that I'm looking at (Marin 2006; Vehovar 2008; McCarty 2007). But some of my issues are rather program specific (i.e., QDS).
> Any advice or recommended resources would be much appreciated.
> Happy holidays,
> Karla D. Wagner, Ph.D.
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