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An Efficient Network Generation Method: Interpersonal Networks and the Distribution of Links

9 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2007  

Ben Klemens

U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Tax Analysis (OTA)

Date Written: 23 January 2007

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Klemens, Ben, An Efficient Network Generation Method: Interpersonal Networks and the Distribution of Links (23 January 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=960730 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.960730

Ben Klemens (Contact Author)

U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Tax Analysis (OTA) ( email )

1500 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 22203
United States

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