***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** I suspect the reaction Patrick described is not too uncommon. Network diagrams are descriptions (albeit selective ones), and they only make sense in the light of expectations, assumptions, or theories, of what should be there. Is that not the case? If I said a table was 30 inches high, what sense would that make unless you knew what I was thinking of doing with the chair, or you knew something about who else might be planning to use the chair and where so. The same must apply for stats analysis of networks. How can they have any meaning except in the light of some prior theory, informal or tacit as it may be. So, one useful step would presumably be to make the background theory, and its implications, more explicit. regards, rick davies On 4/14/06, patrick rose <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > > Dear all, > > > > I have been examining a network (over time) of high school kids on their > drug behaviors. > > > > One of the reviewers has serious doubts on the usefulness of sociograms > included in my paper. S/he argues that the sociograms included did not add > any information other than the central position of a few kids and the > connectivity of the remaining kids to those central kids and that all the > information should be revealed by other statistics (such as those from > cross-tabs and univariate/bivariate analysis). > > > > I included several attributes of kids (their sex, grade, etc.) and the > strengths of connections in the sociograms but having difficulty responding > to his/her criticisms. > > > > My questions: > > 1) How can I respond to his/her criticisms? > > 2) Whar are some general purposes of sociograms and any references that I > can take a look at and/or cite. > > > > Any suggestions or advice would be really appreciated. > > > > Thanks a million in advance, > > Pat > > > --------------------------------- > Blab-away for as little as 1¢/min. Make PC-to-Phone Calls using Yahoo! > Messenger with Voice. > > _____________________________________________________________________ > 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. > -- Rick Davies (Dr) Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant Cambridge, United Kingdom Phone: 44 (0)1223 841367 UK mobile: 44 (0) 794 683 8435 Vietnam mobile: 0904 451349 Fax(to email): 44 0780 1640239 Email: [log in to unmask] See Monitoring and Evaluation NEWS at http://www.mande.co.uk See Rick on the Road at http://www.mandenews.blogspot.com See Homepage at http://www.shimbir.demon.co.uk _____________________________________________________________________ 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.