A Comparison of Structure in Behavioral and Cognitive Social Network data.
WEST VIRGINIA UNIV MORGANTOWN DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
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This paper provides a comparison of the triadic-level structure inherent in behavioral and cognitive social network data taken on the same group, using a variety of groups whose communication could easily be monitored. It is found that many types of structure occur significantly more or less than chance in both behavioral and cognitive data, and, providing that these are treated in similar ways, there is good agreement between the two structures. However, there are several ways to treat behavioral data, and these produce at least two essentially different structures. If cognitive and behavioral triads are compared triad by triad, then there is virtually no agreement between them even though they may both display the same structure on an overall triad census. Finally, the unlikely hypothesis is proposed that, under many circumstances, behavioral structure never alters. Change in structure over time apparently occurs because of informant error in the reporting of the cognitive data. A pseudo-transition matrix, giving the probability that a triad is reported as one type when data are first taken, and a different type at a later date, is calculated. More subtle data will be necessary to disprove this hypothesis. Author
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