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Does anyone know if it is possible to construct (or approximate) complete
network data in a village using information about ego-centric networks
(size 4) that have been collected for all individuals in this village? It
seems that there should be a matching algorithm that fills in the nxn
matrix of relations among village members (where n is the number of
respondents in the village) on the basis of the reported ego-centric
networks and the characteristics of network partners (e.g. schooling,
number of children, etc; unfortunately, no exact indentification of
network partners is available in the data).  In principle (and perhaps
easily in practice, depending on software) this information could be
sufficient to estimate complete network matrices (or structural
characteristics of these village matricies, such as density).  Since it is
clear that the village matrices are not completely identified by the
information provided by ego-centeric networks, the analysis needs to
incorporate the uncertainty in the estimation of village matrices.

Has anybody tried to translate from egocentric to full community networks?
Is there software for this?

Susan Watkins