ERIC Number: ED239312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Automated Network Analysis: A Survey of Different Approaches to the Analysis of Human Communication Relationships.
Danowski, James A.
Noting the tendency for some researchers to reject communication network analysis because the original data might be self-reports, this paper proposes automated network analysis as a means of circumventing such objections. The paper first identifies seven different approaches to defining networks--(1) objective, (2) analyzed, (3) user perceived, (4) recalled, (5) socially synthetic, (6) user projected, and (7) desired. It then discusses the advantages, as well as disadvantages, of automated network analysis. To illustrate possible forms and uses of automated network analysis, the paper next offers five different kinds of analysis: telephone networks, audio conference, computer conference, computer messaging traffic, and media representations of networks. It concludes with a discussion of issues concerning automated network analysis at the theoretical, methodological, and practical levels. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (33rd, Dallas, TX, May 26-30, 1983).