Network Sampling: Some First Steps

@article{Granovetter1976NetworkSS,
  title={Network Sampling: Some First Steps},
  author={Mark S. Granovetter},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1976},
  volume={81},
  pages={1287 - 1303}
}
Social network research has been confined to small groups because large networks are intractable, and no systematic theory of network sampling exists. This paper describes a practical method for sampling average acquaintance volume (the average number of people known by each person) from large populations and derives confidence limits on the resulting estimates. It is shown that this average figure also yields an estimate of what has been called "network density." Applications of the procedure… 

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