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Møller, Jørgen; Skaaning, Svend-Erik – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Explanatory typologies have recently experienced a renaissance as a research strategy for constructing and assessing causal explanations. However, both the new methodological works on explanatory typologies and the way such typologies have been used in practice have been affected by two shortcomings. First, no elaborate procedures for assessing…
Descriptors: Classification, Case Studies, Evaluation Methods, Comparative Analysis
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Elzinga, Cees H.; Studer, Matthias – Sociological Methods & Research, 2015
Because optimal matching (OM) distance is not very sensitive to differences in the order of states, we introduce a subsequence-based distance measure that can be adapted to subsequence length, to subsequence duration, and to soft-matching of states. Using a simulation technique developed by Studer, we investigate the sensitivity, relative to OM,…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Research Methodology, Sequential Approach, Measurement Techniques