A discussion of social networks and the empirical techniques used to probe their structure
Social networks are networks in which the vertices are people, or sometimes groups of people, and the edges represent some form of social interaction between them, such as friendship. This chapter begins with a short summary of the origins and research focus of the field of social networks. It then describes some of the techniques used to discover social network structure, including interviews and questionnaires, direct observation, and data from archival or third-party records.
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