***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hi. For those of you working on personal networks, using EgoNet or thinking of using it, we worked with software author MdLogix recently to update the software and add a randomization feature that will allow the program to randomly sample the list of alters originally solicited. Research shows that personal network structural measures remain similar for randomly generated subsamples (with a minimum n, depending on which measure, as few as 12 for some, as many as 25 for others) of the orginal personal network (of approximately 45 individuals). This feature will decrease informant burden by more than half when using the program to elicit networks, especially if you're interested in personal network structure and not needing all of the ties. Unfortunately, I don't think it will make it any easier to conduct methodological research on the effect of sampling on personal networks, because once you've collected reduced amounts of data, you don't have the data for each individual in each personal network from which to sample--you've only got the already sampled (and smaller) network. Regards, Eric Eric C. Jones, Ph.D. Department of Anthropology University of North Carolina at Greensboro 426 Graham Building Greensboro NC 27412-5001 office: 336-334-5132 [log in to unmask] _____________________________________________________________________ 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.