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Dynamic networks and behavior: separating selection from influence.

Steglich, Christian; Snijders, Tom; Pearson, Mike


Christian Steglich

Tom Snijders

Mike Pearson


A current problem in the analysis of behavioral dynamics, given a simultaneously evolving social network, is the difficulty of separating effects of partner selection from effects of social influence. In this paper we present a recently developed family of statistical models that enables researchers to separate the two effects in a statistically adequate manner. To illustrate our method we make use of a three-wave panel measured in the years 1995-1997 at a school in the West of Scotland. We are able to assess the strength of selection and influence mechanisms associated with friendship networks of substance-using adolescents.


Steglich, C., Snijders, T., & Pearson, M. (2010). Dynamic networks and behavior: separating selection from influence. Sociological Methodology, 40, 329-393.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2010-08
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2009
Publicly Available Date Aug 31, 2010
Print ISSN 0081-1750
Electronic ISSN 1467-9531
Publisher American Sociological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Pages 329-393
Keywords behavioral dynamics; partner selection; social influence; dynamic networks; friendship formation; substance use;
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