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Bacak, Valerio; Kennedy, Edward H. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
A rapidly growing number of algorithms are available to researchers who apply statistical or machine learning methods to answer social science research questions. The unique advantages and limitations of each algorithm are relatively well known, but it is not possible to know in advance which algorithm is best suited for the particular research…
Descriptors: Violence, Census Figures, Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons
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Houghton, James P.; Siegel, Michael; Madnick, Stuart; Tounaka, Nobuaki; Nakamura, Kazutaka; Sugiyama, Takaaki; Nakagawa, Daisuke; Shirnen, Buyanjargal – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
The potential of social media to give insight into the dynamic evolution of public conversations, and into their reactive and constitutive role in political activities, has to date been underdeveloped. While topic modeling can give static insight into the structure of a conversation, and keyword volume tracking can show how engagement with a…
Descriptors: Social Media, Political Attitudes, Computer Mediated Communication, Social Values
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Trouille, David; Tavory, Iddo – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
This article makes the case for shadowing as ethnographic methodology: focusing attention on what occurs as interlocutors move among settings and situations. Whereas ethnographers often zoom in on one principal set of situations or site, we argue that intersituational variation broadens and deepens the researcher's ethnographic account as well as…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Immigrants, Hispanic Americans, Parks
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Adang, Otto M. J. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
The article outlines a methodology for systematically observing collective violence (and public order policing in relation to it). Specific attention is given to matters of sampling and measurement and to the way in which observational challenges have been met in comparison with participant observational studies of demonstrations and football…
Descriptors: Observation, Violence, Law Enforcement, Research Methodology
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Biggs, Michael – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Since the 1970s, catalogs of protest events have been at the heart of research on social movements. To measure how protest changes over time or varies across space, sociologists usually count the frequency of events, as either the dependent variable or a key independent variable. An alternative is to count the number of participants in protest.…
Descriptors: Activism, Strikes, Civil Disobedience, Violence