***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hi all, a very basic question and request for comments: Commonly, a social network is defined as a set of individual persons (actors) that are connected through social relationships. On the other hand, social network analysis (as an empirical method) includes models of isolates (single actors that are not connected to the overall network) or independent components (multiple actors that are connected but not to the main component). Concepts of isolates and independent components (also known as islands) are a contradiction to the above cited network definition. In that case, we should rather speak of different networks (than of one single network consisting of different components) or we must modify our network definition. Does anybody know any literature that addresses this contradiction? Or do you have any suggestions how to overcome it? All suggestions and comments are very welcome! Thank you! Best wishes Tobias -- Tobias Müller-Prothmann Dipl.-Soz. Freie Universitaet Berlin Institute for Media and Communication Studies Department of Information Science Malteserstr. 74-100 D-12249 Berlin Tel. +49 (0)30 838 70854 Fax. +49 (0)30 838 70722 Email: mailto:[log in to unmask] WWW: http://kommwiss.fu-berlin.de/mp.html _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.