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Title:Hand in glove, or square peg, round hole: An exploration of social network analysis applied to online community trace data
Author(s):Glasgow, Kimberly
Contributor(s):Xie, Bo; Boyd-Graber, Jordan
Subject(s):Social networks
Digital trace data
Online social networks--Case studies.
Information behavior
Social networking Web sites
Research methods
Social and community informatics
Quantitative data analysis
Abstract:Online communities have been studied using social network analysis. These studies often utilize online community data extracted from digital trace data or user behavior observed in the system used by the community. However, the relationship between the networks depicted in the trace data and the social networks reported or observed by community members themselves is not well understood. As a result, the implications for interpretation of social network measures in this context are unknown. This is a fundamental gap in our understanding of and ability to analyze online community. This study analyzes empirical data for both trace networks and respondent-reported networks, and compares these networks across a number of social network measures for a salient online community. Significant differences between trace networks and reported social networks are found. These differences are observed at multiple levels of analysis, from the individual to the whole network.
Issue Date:2013-02
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:Glasgow, K. (2013). Hand in glove, or square peg, round hole: An exploration of social network analysis applied to online community trace data. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 138-154). doi:10.9776/13166
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/38381
DOI:10.9776/13166
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors.Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-30


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