Constructing an adolescence friendship network within the ALSPAC birth cohort using probabilistic record linkage techniques. Research Team. Simon Burgess (CMPO, Bristol) Eleanor Sanderson (CMPO, Bristol) Marcela Umaña (CMPO, Bristol) Andy Boyd (ALSPAC, Bristol). Study Rationale.
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Social Networks are ubiquitous and powerful
“The people with whom we interact… influence our beliefs, decisions and behaviours” Jackson 2010
The manner in which networks carry this influence depends in detail on the structure and characteristics of the network.
and extensive linkage data
Aim to simulate human reasoning by comparing each of several elements from the two records… from fundamental concepts of probability
(1,394 respondents are also nominated as a friend)
Quality of the data determines the quality of the linkage
Establishing the weightings