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From: Annica Sandström [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 3:44 AM
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Subject: Comparing the level of cohesion between networks of different sizes
Dear list members,
I am about to perform a comparative analysis of five different networks regarding their level of cohesion. Three of them contain about 20 actors each, the other two 40. Density as well as distanced based cohesion will be used. From what I learned, comparing cohesion between networks of different sizes is somewhat problematic since a low density within a large network might indicate a higher level of cohesion than a higher density within a small network?
My question is how others have tackled this problem? Is there some general way to translate the density measure between networks of different sizes? If, for example, a network with 42 actors have a density of 0.16 and a network with 19 actors have a density of 0.25? How should one interpret the values?
Would be very grateful for any guidance or literature recommendations!
Division of Social Sciences/ political science
Lulea University of Technology, Sweden