Alaska Networks

SNAPT was used to acquire and interpret data on cognitive (or perceptual) networks within a community of Alaska Natives. Interview data from 170 community residents was used to ascribe 4446 perceived relationships (2146 perceived edges, 2300 perceived non-edges) among 393 community members, and to assert the perceived presence (or absence) of 16 community-oriented helping behaviors to each individual in the community. Using balance theory-based partitioning of the perceptual network, we showed that people in the community perceive distinct helping roles as structural associations among community members. The fact that SNAPT can be used to discover role classes lends support to the suggestion that this method is capable of producing meaningful new kinds of data about perceptual networks.

%d bloggers like this: