am developing a program for egocentered networks that
I hope to distribute (for free) at the network meetings in
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MultiNet is very happy with egocentric network data, even though there
are some types of analysis
that it cannot do with this kind of data. A simpler program, FATCAT, was
for egocentric data. You can find it at http://www.sfu.ca/~richards.
About working with ego-centric data, I know only a few references useful on the subject:
- Müller, C., B. Wellman, and A. Marin. 1999. "How to use SPSS to study ego-centered networks." Bulletin de méthodologies sociologiques (BMS) 64:63-76. http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman/publications/howtousespss/article.html
- Marsden (2002). Notes on Handling Egocentric Data.pdf http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~soc275/handouts/Notes_on_Handling_Egocen
is not much methodological materials dedicated to the analysis
of ego-centered dataset. In fact some of the most useful reference I know about
working with such information are from anthropologists. If you are not familiar
with these references you might want to check them out from your library. They
are worth knowing, especially because they are among the few and probably some
of the best documented analytical works ever done, and
they were done in
J.C. 1969. "The concept and use of social
networks." Pp. 1-50 in Social networks in urban situations:
analyses of personal relationships in Central African towns, edited by J.C.
Here are also a few more recent and pretty useful ressources too:
J. Social network analysis : a handbook. 2nd ed.
Trotter RT, 2nd.
Friends, relatives, and relevant others: conducting ethnographic network
studies (Chap. 1). In: Schensul JJ, ed. Mapping
social networks, spatial data & hidden populations (The ethnographer's
for socnet methods http://www.sociology.ohio-state.edu/jwm/SocialNetworks.htm
Adolescent Social Networks (including his dissertation on-line) http://www.sociology.ohio-state.edu/jwm/adol_soc_net.htm
Found this link. Looks interesting too. Done by UCINET developers. Note also that UCINET computes from full network data ego-centered measures. http://www.analytictech.com/networks/topics.htm
Sociometrica / LinkAnalyzer can also be an interesting piece of software to link ego-centered datasets.
Let me know if you get some other interesting resources on the subject.
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First a general thought:
It would help if folks gave more info about their projects before asking for help. Both Heather-Lyn and Olga's requests are sparse.
Second, as usual I have (co)written germane stuff on this topic:
Barry. 1999. "The Network Community." Pp. 1-48 in Networks
in the Global Village, edited by Barry Wellman.
Wellman, Barry. 1996. "Are Personal Communities Local? A Dumptarian Reconsideration." Social Networks 18: 347-354.
Wellman, Barry. 1992. "How to Use SAS to Study Egocentric Networks." Cultural Anthropology Methods 4 (2): 6-12.
Müller, Christoph, Barry Wellman and Alexandra Marin. 1999. "How to Use SPSS to Study Ego-Centered Networks." Bulletin de Methode Sociologique 69: 83-100.
Haythornthwaite, Caroline and Barry Wellman. 1996. "Using SAS to Convert Ego-Centered Networks to Whole Networks." Bulletin de Methode Sociologique
Barry. 1981. "Applying Network Analysis to the Study of Support." Pp. 171-200 in Social Networks and Social Support, edited by
Wellman, Barry and Kenneth Frank. 2001. "Network Capital in a Multilevel
Getting Support from Personal Communities." Pp. 233-73
in Social Capital, edited by Nan Lin, Ronald S. Burt and Karen Cook.
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