Homework Assignment
Ego-Network Inventory, Part 2


In Part 1of this assignment, you wrote down the names of every student at BC that you know. Now you need to go through all the names in the list and separate them into two groups: the "A" list and the "B" list. The "A" list consists of the people you spend time with and know pretty well, and the "B" list is everyone else. The idea is to separate your acquaintances (the "B" list) from the people that really form a part of your life right now (the "A" list). You do NOT have to hand in the "B" list.

Note that you don't have to like everyone on the "A" list. For example, you might not like your roommate, but chances are you spend a lot of time interacting with them, and so they belong in the "A" list. The "A" list should contain no more than 50 names, and possibly a lot less. 

Now take the "A" list and describe, briefly, your relationship to each of them, typical things you do with them, what year they are, what school, and what sex they are. Arrange the information as follows:

Full Name Relationship Activities Year School Sex Who They
Mary O'Brien ex-roommate,
talk about
our lives
senior SOM F  
Jim Jones boyfriend's
go drinking senior SOE M  

Enter the data into an Excel spreadsheet in exactly the format above. Note the extra column on the right. This is explained below.

Now take the same list and, for each person, figure out which other persons on the "A" list they know and spend time with. In other words, you have to figure out who hangs out with whom among your circle of people. Enter these names in the spreadsheet in the column labeled "Who They Know". For example:

Full Name Relation etc. Who They Know
Mary O'Brien ex-roomie   Jim Jones, John Sullivan, Mary Schwartz
Jim Jones boyf's rm   Mary O'Brien, Jim Donovan, Mark Oh, Jane Smith

Make sure that you spell names exactly the same way every time. Email the spreadsheet to me at borgatts@bc.edu as an attachment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you wish any or all of your data to be confidential, please send me a note to that effect. Otherwise, I may pick your data as an example to show in class.

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