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Mohammed, M. A.; Ibrahim, A. I. N.; Siri, Z.; Noor, N. F. M. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
In this article, a numerical method integrated with statistical data simulation technique is introduced to solve a nonlinear system of ordinary differential equations with multiple random variable coefficients. The utilization of Monte Carlo simulation with central divided difference formula of finite difference (FD) method is repeated n times to…
Descriptors: Monte Carlo Methods, Calculus, Sampling, Simulation
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Gummer, Tobias – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Survey research is still confronted by a trend of increasing nonresponse rates. In this context, several methodological advances have been made to stimulate participation and avoid bias. Yet, despite the growing number of tools and methods to deal with nonresponse, little is known about whether nonresponse biases show similar trends as nonresponse…
Descriptors: Bias, Surveys, Foreign Countries, Response Rates (Questionnaires)
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Block, Per; Stadtfeld, Christoph; Snijders, Tom A. B. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Two approaches for the statistical analysis of social network generation are widely used; the tie-oriented exponential random graph model (ERGM) and the stochastic actor-oriented model (SAOM) or Siena model. While the choice for either model by empirical researchers often seems arbitrary, there are important differences between these models that…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Social Networks, Models, Network Analysis
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Jerolmack, Colin; Murphy, Alexandra K. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Masking, the practice of hiding or distorting identifying information about people, places, and organizations, is usually considered a requisite feature of ethnographic research and writing. This is justified both as an ethical obligation to one's subjects and as a scientifically neutral position (as readers are enjoined to treat a case's…
Descriptors: Ethics, Ethnography, Sociology, Social Science Research
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Elzinga, Cees H.; Studer, Matthias – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
We explore the relations between the notion of distance and a feature set--based concept of similarity and show that this concept of similarity has a spatial interpretation that is complementary to distance: it is interpreted as "direction." Furthermore, we show how proper normalization leads to distances that can be directly interpreted…
Descriptors: Proximity, Age Differences, Norms, Foreign Countries
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Fullerton, Andrew S.; Xu, Jun – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Adjacent category logit models are ordered regression models that focus on comparisons of adjacent categories. These models are particularly useful for ordinal response variables with categories that are of substantive interest. In this article, we consider unconstrained and constrained versions of the partial adjacent category logit model, which…
Descriptors: Regression (Statistics), Models, Classification, Comparative Analysis
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Legleye, Stéphane; Charrance, Géraldine; Razafindratsima, Nicolas; Bajos, Nathalie; Bohet, Aline; Moreau, Caroline – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Background: Reliability of nonprobability online volunteer panels for epidemiological purposes has rarely been studied. Objectives: To assess the quality of a questionnaire on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) administered in a nonprobability Web panel and in a random telephone survey (n = 8,992; n = 8,437, age 16-49 years). Especially, we were…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Birth, Questionnaires, Adolescents
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Grané, Aurea; Romera, Rosario – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Survey data are usually of mixed type (quantitative, multistate categorical, and/or binary variables). Multidimensional scaling (MDS) is one of the most extended methodologies to visualize the profile structure of the data. Since the past 60s, MDS methods have been introduced in the literature, initially in publications in the psychometrics area.…
Descriptors: Surveys, Data, Multidimensional Scaling, Robustness (Statistics)
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Vis, Barbara; Dul, Jan – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Analyzing relationships of necessity is important for both scholarly and applied research questions in the social sciences. An often-used technique for identifying such relationships--"fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis" (fsQCA)--has limited ability to make the most out of the data used. The set-theoretical technique fsQCA makes…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis, Social Science Research, Theories
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Davidov, Eldad; Dülmer, Hermann; Cieciuch, Jan; Kuntz, Anabel; Seddig, Daniel; Schmidt, Peter – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
It is necessary to test for equivalence of measurements across groups to guarantee that comparisons of regression coefficients or mean scores of a latent factor are meaningful. Unfortunately, when tested, many scales display nonequivalence. Several researchers have suggested that nonequivalence may be used as a useful source of information as to…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Multivariate Analysis, Social Science Research, Attitude Measures
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Munck, Ingrid; Barber, Carolyn; Torney-Purta, Judith – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
This study applies the alignment method, a technique for assessing measurement equivalence across many groups, to the analysis of adolescents' support for immigrants' rights in a pooled data set from the 1999 International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) Civic Education Study and the 2009 IEA International Civics…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Social Attitudes, Adolescent Attitudes, Comparative Analysis
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Cieciuch, Jan; Davidov, Eldad; Algesheimer, René; Schmidt, Peter – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Measurement invariance is a necessary precondition for meaningful cross-country comparisons, and three levels have been differentiated: configural, metric, and scalar. Unfortunately, establishing the most stringent form, that is, scalar measurement invariance, across groups is difficult. Recently, Muthén and Asparouhov proposed testing for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Measurement, Questionnaires, Surveys
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Beach, Derek; Rohlfing, Ingo – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the combination of two methods on the basis of set theory. In our introduction and this special issue, we focus on two variants of cross-case set-theoretic methods--"qualitative comparative analysis" (QCA) and typological theory (TT)--and their combination with process tracing (PT).…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Theories, Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis
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Rohlfing, Ingo; Schneider, Carsten Q. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
The combination of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) with process tracing, which we call set-theoretic multimethod research (MMR), is steadily becoming more popular in empirical research. Despite the fact that both methods have an elected affinity based on set theory, it is not obvious how a within-case method operating in a single case and a…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis, Theories
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Beach, Derek – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
This article explores the practical challenges one faces when combining qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) and process tracing (PT) in a manner that is consistent with their underlying assumptions about the nature of causal relationships. While PT builds on a mechanism-based understanding of causation, QCA as a comparative method makes claims…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Mixed Methods Research, Research Methodology, Case Studies
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