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Title: Homophily among VAA users: The case of Ecuador
Authors: Manavopoulos, Vasilis 
Mendez, Fernando 
Serdült, Uwe 
Keywords: Homophily;Online Social Media;Social Network Analysis;Voting Advice Applications
Category: Media and Communications
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Source: 2nd International Conference on eDemocracy and eGovernment, ICEDEG 2015; Quito; Ecuador; 8 April 2015 through 10 April 2015
metadata.dc.doi: 10.1109/ICEDEG.2015.7114487
Abstract: Users who recommended a Voting Advice Application online platform to others in their social networks were tied to any individuals who elected to follow the recommendation, in order to form a network dataset. This study examines the homophily hypothesis, the tendency of Inviters and Invitees to be disproportionately similar in demographics, political orientation and attitudes for VAA-generated data, employing random y-permutation statistical techniques borrowed from Social Network Analysis. The results confirm the homophily hypothesis, with Invitees being more similar with their respective Inviters, than would have been expected by chance or population make-up for all variables examined, demographic, political and attitudinal, with the exception of gender.
ISBN: 978-390758913-7
Rights: © 2015 University of Fribourg.
Type: Conference Papers
Appears in Collections:Δημοσιεύσεις σε συνέδρια/Conference papers

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