Peter D. Killworth

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The authors have developed and tested scale-up methods, based on a simple social network theory, to estimate the size of hard-to-count subpopulations. The authors asked a nationally representative sample of respondents how many people they knew in a list of 32 subpopulations, including 29 subpopulations of known size and 3 of unknown size. Using these(More)
An individual’s h-index corresponds to the number h of his/her papers that each has at least h citations. When the citation count of an article exceeds h, however, as is the case for the hundreds or even thousands of citations that accompany the most highly cited papers, no additional credit is given (these citations falling outside the so-called “Durfee(More)
Results from a representative survey of respondents in Florida are given, concerning their knowledge about members of their personal network, and specifically how many people respondents know in selected subpopulations. We employ a method known as a "network scale-up method". By using a collection of subpopulations of known size, and also asking about one(More)
We asked respondents how many people they knew in many subpopulations. These numbers, averaged over large representative samples, should vary proportionally to the size of the subpopulations. In fact, they do not. We give two different interpretations of this finding. The first interpretation notes that the responses are linear in subpopulation size for(More)
Accurate estimates of the sizes of certain subpopulations are needed to inform important public policy decisions in the US. Laumann et al. (1989, 1993) have attempted to assess the accuracy of the reported data on the incidence of AIDS in the US, collected by the Centers for Disease Control and published in the AIDS Weekly Surveillance Reports (AWSR) and(More)
Charles Kadushin, Ph.D., is Distinguished Scholar, Brandeis University Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Professor Emeritus, Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). He has published in the fields of health, epidemiology, sociological theory, religion and methodology, but his main interest continues to be social networks. Peter D.(More)
Like many researchers, we want to know the rules that govern the formation of human social networks, their persistence and disappearance, and their effects (if any) on human behavior and thought. Even if it turns out that the rules governing social network formation and decay are relatively simple, the outcome of those rules is very complex. It is so(More)
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We analyse 10,920 shortest path connections between 105 members of an interviewing bureau, together with the equivalent conceptual, or ‘small world’ routes, which use individuals’ selections of intermediaries. This permits the first study of the impact of accuracy within small world chains. The mean small world path length (3.23) is 40% longer than the mean(More)