***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** My thanks to everyone who responded to my question. The question is below, followed by a compilation of the sources recommended. > A colleague has network data gathered through a snowball sample of > community elites in a Midwestern city. He's looking for literature > on > what he can and cannot reasonably infer about the actual network > based > on this. Cites: Estimating relational attributes from snowball samples throughsimulation, Social Networks, Volume 11, Issue 2, June 1989, Pages 135-158 J. C. JohnsonJ. S. BosterD. Holbert Frank, O. (1979). Estimation of population totals by use of snowball samples. In Holland, P. and Leinhardt, S., editors, Perspectives on Social Network Research. Academic Press, New York. Frank, O. (1981). A survey of statistical methods from graph analysis. Sociological Methodology, 12:110-155. Frank, O. and Snijders, T. A. B. (1994). Estimating the size of hidden populatins using snowball sampling. Journal of O cal Statistics, 10(1):53-67. Snijders, T. A. B. (1992). Estimation on the basis of snowball samples: How to weight? Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique, 36:59-70. Salganik, Matthew J. and Douglas D. Heckathorn. 2003. "Sampling and Estimation in Hidden Populations Using Respondent-Driven Sampling." Unpublished Manuscript:36. http://www.columbia.edu/~mjs2105/respondent-driven-sampling.pdf Heckathorn, Douglas D. 1997. "Respondent-Driven Sampling: A New Approach to the Study of Hidden Populations." Social Problems 44:174- 199. Heckathorn, Douglas D. 2002. "Respondent-Driven Sampling II: Deriving Valid Population Estimates from Chain-Referral Samples of Hidden Populations." Social Problems 49:11-34. -- David Gibson Assistant Professor Department of Sociology Harvard University 536 William James Hall 33 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA 02138 Voice: (617) 495-3825 Fax: (617) 496-5794 http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/soc/faculty/gibson/ _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.