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Title
A tale of two datasets : representativeness and generalisability of inference for samples of networks
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Abstract
The last two decades have seen considerable progress in foundational aspects of statistical network analysis, but the path from theory to application is not straightforward. Two large, heterogeneous samples of small networks of within-household contacts in Belgium were collected using two different but complementary sampling designs: one smaller but with all contacts in each household observed, the other larger and more representative but recording contacts of only one person per household. We wish to combine their strengths to learn the social forces that shape household contact formation and facilitate simulation for prediction of disease spread, while generalising to the population of households in the region.To accomplish this, we describe a flexible framework for specifying multi-network models in the exponential family class and identify the requirements for inference and prediction under this framework to be consistent, identifiable, and generalisable, even when data are incomplete; explore how these requirements may be violated in practice; and develop a suite of quantitative and graphical diagnostics for detecting violations and suggesting improvements to candidate models. We report on the effects of network size, geography, and household roles on household contact patterns (activity, heterogeneity in activity, and triadic closure). Supplementary materials for this article are available online.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of the American Statistical Association. - Washington, D.C.
Publication
Philadelphia : Taylor & francis inc , 2023
ISSN
0162-1459
DOI
10.1080/01621459.2023.2242627
Volume/pages
(2023) , p. 1-11
ISI
001085854300001
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 04.12.2023
Last edited 07.12.2023
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