An Efficient Network Generation Method: Interpersonal Networks and the Distribution of Links
9 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2007
Date Written: 23 January 2007
We describe a model of networks that is both useful as a descriptive model for how interpersonal networks form, and as a tool for agent-based simulations that require artificially generated networks. It uses a latent space technique, but simplifies the standard computation using a principal component analysis, with no perceptible loss in fit. We test the method using friend networks in a sample of junior high school classrooms.
Keywords: Social networks, link density, latent space analysis
JEL Classification: z13, c18
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