Name generators in surveys of personal networks

Karen E. Campbell, Barrett A. Lee

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To investigate the consequences of name generators for network data, we compare characteristics of egocentric networks from Wellman's East York survey, Fischer's Northern California Communities Study, the General Social Survey, and our study of networks in 81 Nashville, Tennessee neighborhoods. Network size, age and education heterogeneity, and average tie characteristics were most strongly affected by the name generator used. Network composition, and racial and sexual heterogeneity, were more invariant across different kinds of name generators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-221
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Networks
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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