2019 Volume 7 Issue 1 Pages 193-206
This article presents an exploratory analysis of personal networks and social interactions in the Greater Tokyo Area. A personal networks survey was conducted in Japan using an unrestricted name generator and a name interpreter. Social network characteristics in the sample were analyzed, focusing on network size, composition and spatial distribution, as well as interaction frequency patterns among network members. In addition, two models were estimated: (i) a multilevel probit model of friendship formation, used to evaluate factors associated with generation of new network ties, and (ii) a multivariate hierarchical ordinal probit model to evaluate how personal and relational characteristics were associated with social interaction contact frequency by probability mode.