Diffusion Network Datasets
The three classic network diffusion datasets included in netdiffuseR are the medical innovation data originally collected by Coleman, Katz & Menzel (1966); the Brazilian Farmers collected as part of the three country study implemented by Everett Rogers (Rogers, Ascroft, & Röling, 1970), and Korean Family Planning data collected by researchers at the Seoul National University's School of Public (Rogers & Kincaid, 1981). The table below summarizes the three datasets:
|Medical Innovation||Brazilian Farmers||Korean Family Planning|
|# Respondents||125 Doctors||692 Farmers||1,047 Women|
|Innovation||Tetracycline||Hybrid Corn Seed||Family Planning|
|Time for Diffusion||18 Months||20 Years||11 Years|
|Year Data Collected||1955-1956||1966||1973|
|Ave. Time to 50%||6||16||7|
|Citation||Coleman et al (1966)||Rogers et al (1970)||Rogers & Kincaid (1981)|
All datasets include a column called study which is coded as (1) Medical Innovation (2) Brazilian Farmers, (3) Korean Family Planning.
By convention, non-adopting actors are coded as one plus the last observed time of adoption. Prior empirical event history approaches have used this approach (Valente, 2005; Marsden and Podolny, 1990) and studies have shown that omitting such observations leads to biased results (van den Bulte & Iyengar, 2011).
Thomas W. Valente
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