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Comment on "Why and When 'Flawed' Social Network Analyses Still Yield Valid Tests of no Contagion"

Cosma Rohilla Shalizi
Published Online: 2012-02-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/2151-7509.1053

VanderWeele et al.'s paper is a useful contribution to the on-going scientific conversation about the detection of contagion from purely observational data. It is especially helpful as a corrective to some of the more extreme statements of Lyons (2011). Unfortunately, this paper, too, goes too far in some places, and so needs some correction itself.

Keywords: social networks; causal inference; contagion; social influence

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Published Online: 2012-02-13

Citation Information: Statistics, Politics, and Policy, Volume 3, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2151-7509, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/2151-7509.1053.

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