Informant Accuracy in Social Network Data.
WEST VIRGINIA UNIV MORGANTOWN DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Pagination or Media Count:
This paper examines the problem of informant accuracy in the production of social network data, through the use of a self-monitoring network. This allows a comparison between cognitive network data and informants interactive behavior. Against expectations, it turns out that informants are extremely inaccurate, since informants reports of their behavior can bear little resemblance to their behavior. An informant who claimed to have communicated with some person the most frequently may have actually so communicated only 52 of the time. One implication of the findings is that theories of social structure built upon presently available network data are suspect.
- Sociology and Law