Network Analysis Methods for Classification of Roles
This paper concerns network analysis (NA) methods employed to classify role profiles based on the measurement and the specification of linking structures among pupils in infant school. With this aim, we measure sociometric status by the direct observation of preschool children behaviours. The data have been collected by a longitudinal observational study. We follow the children in seven waves for 2 months. In this study, we measure relational skills of subjects applying three procedures: The regular equivalence is used to detect similar positions within the network, the lambda sets to observe the ability to be intermediary and the cliques to assess the propensity to belong to a group. Concerning each analytic dimension, the results show an increase of relational competence and an association with ego-network measures.
KeywordsNetwork analysis Sociometric status Structural equivalence Lambda sets Cliques
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