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Dynamic networks and behavior: separating selection from influence.

Steglich, Christian, Snijders, Tom and Pearson, Mike (2010) Dynamic networks and behavior: separating selection from influence. Sociological Methodology, 40 (1). pp. 329-393. ISSN 0081-1750

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    Abstract/Description

    A current problem in the analysis of behavioral dynamics, given a simultaneously evolving social network, is the difficulty of separating effects of partner selection from effects of social influence. In this paper we present a recently developed family of statistical models that enables researchers to separate the two effects in a statistically adequate manner. To illustrate our method we make use of a three-wave panel measured in the years 1995-1997 at a school in the West of Scotland. We are able to assess the strength of selection and influence mechanisms associated with friendship networks of substance-using adolescents.

    Item Type: Article
    Print ISSN: 0081-1750
    Electronic ISSN: 1467-9531
    Additional Information: This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed article that has been accepted for publication in Sociological Methodology but has not been copyedited. The publisher-authenticated version is available at http://www.asanet.org/
    Uncontrolled Keywords: behavioral dynamics; partner selection; social influence; dynamic networks; friendship formation; substance use;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Accounting, Economics and Statistics
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 303 Social processes
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Item ID: 2552
    Depositing User: Dr Michael Pearson
    Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2009 10:53
    Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 13:46
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2552

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