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Do all the pieces matter? Assessing the reliability of law enforcement data sources for the network analysis of wire taps

Berlusconi, Giulia (2012) Do all the pieces matter? Assessing the reliability of law enforcement data sources for the network analysis of wire taps Global Crime, 14 (1). pp. 61-81.

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Abstract

Law enforcement agencies rely on data collected from wire taps to construct the organizational chart of criminal enterprises. Recently, a number of academics have also begun to utilise social network analysis to describe relations among criminals and understand the internal organisation of criminal groups. However, before drawing conclusions about the structure or the organisation of criminal groups, it is important to understand the limitations that selective samples such as wire taps may have on network analysis measures. Electronic surveillance data can be found in different kinds of court records and the selection of the data source is likely to influence the amount of missing information and, consequently, the results. This article discusses the impact that the selection of a specific data source for the social network analysis of criminal groups may have on centrality measures usually adopted in organised crime research to identify key players.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Berlusconi, Giuliag.berlusconi@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 7 December 2012
Identification Number : 10.1080/17440572.2012.746940
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Global Crime on 7 December 2012, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17440572.2012.746940
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 06 Dec 2017 15:07
Last Modified : 06 Dec 2017 15:07
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845128

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