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The literature on “ the interlocking corporate directors”  might be helpful?

 

Peace, GM

  

 

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Hi Zachary,

If you are trying to create a network with more than two modes of data (e.g.- two distinct groups and a set of actors), the following paper may be useful.

Fararo & Doreian. 1984. Tripartite structural analysis: Generalizing the Breiger-Wilson formalism. Social Networks 6(2): 141-175

 

The paper is theoretical, and I don't know of many empirical uses of this type of data.   My dissertation is focused on a tripartite network, and I would be happy to discuss this further if you'd like.

 

Best,

Julia Carboni



On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 11:54 AM, Zachary P Neal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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All,

I have what seems to be a simple question about interlocking networks, but I'm having trouble coming up with a straightforward answer.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Given a two-mode person-to-group network X, it is easy to obtain a one-mode  person-to-person network Y.  Namely, Y = X * X' (see Breiger 1976).

What is the smallest number of groups in X that can produce a given network Y?  And, relatedly, what features of Y influence how many groups are needed in X.

Thanks
Zachary

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Michigan State University
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