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NetworksAn Introduction$
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Mark Newman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206650

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206650.001.0001

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Social networks

Social networks

A discussion of social networks and the empirical techniques used to probe their structure

(p.36) Chapter 3 Social networks

M. E. J. Newman

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   social networks, social network structure, affiliation networks, observation

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