Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

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| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Collecting Qualitative Data to Enhance Social Network Analysis and Data Mining

  • Nancy L. Leech
  • Kathleen M. T. Collins
  • Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7163-9_395-1




Recorded observations

Qualitative data

Nonnumeric data in the form of words


Hollstein (2011) delineates six areas where qualitative research is helpful in social network research: (a) exploration of networks, (b) network practices, (c) network orientation and assessments, (d) how networks matter, (e) understanding network dynamics, and (f) validation of network data and field access. According to Leech and Onwuegbuzie (2008), there are four types of qualitative data – specifically, data generated from talk, observations, images (e.g., drawing, photograph, video), and documents. To collect these types of data, the researcher can implement the following strategies: interviews, focus groups, observations, and documents/material as cultural artifacts (Leech and Onwuegbuzie 2008). These qualitative data collection strategies when used individually or combined can increase the effectiveness of social network analysis research by...


Social Network Focus Group Geographic Information System Social Network Analysis Boundary Specification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy L. Leech
    • 1
  • Kathleen M. T. Collins
    • 2
  • Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Education and Human DevelopmentUniversity of Colorado DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Department of Curriculum & InstructionUniversity of Arkansas at FayettevilleFayettevilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Educational LeadershipSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA
  4. 4.Faculty of EducationUniversity of JohannesburgAuckland ParkSouth Africa