3.3 “Complex” Network Data

In most of the preceding two chapters, the principles raised have focused on research collecting network data among a single class of respondents, about a single type of relationship, at a single point in time. There are analytic approaches that relax each of those assumptions, and correspondingly there are ample strategies for gathering data that do so as well. It is important to note that for virtually everything that follows in the remainder of this chapter, these are considerations that layer over those described above. For example, when I describe gathering data representing multiple points in time, those can be addressed within basically any of the modes of data collection described in this chapter, and require attention to all of the measurement, sampling, and BSP issues raised in the previous chapter.