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Dittrich, Dino; Leenders, Roger Th. A. J.; Mulder, Joris – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Currently available (classical) testing procedures for the network autocorrelation can only be used for falsifying a precise null hypothesis of no network effect. Classical methods can be neither used for quantifying evidence for the null nor for testing multiple hypotheses simultaneously. This article presents flexible Bayes factor testing…
Descriptors: Correlation, Bayesian Statistics, Networks, Evaluation Methods
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Barrenechea, Rodrigo; Mahoney, James – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
This article develops a set-theoretic approach to Bayes's theorem and Bayesian process tracing. In the approach, hypothesis testing is the procedure whereby one updates beliefs by narrowing the range of states of the world that are regarded as possible, thus diminishing the domain in which the actual world can reside. By explicitly connecting…
Descriptors: Bayesian Statistics, Hypothesis Testing, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology
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Bail, Christopher A. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter provide an unprecedented amount of qualitative data about organizations and collective behavior. Yet these new data sources lack critical information about the broader social context of collective behavior--or protect it behind strict privacy barriers. In this article, I introduce social media…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Social Media, Behavior, Surveys
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Vriens, Ingrid; Moors, Guy; Gelissen, John; Vermunt, Jeroen K. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Measuring values in sociological research sometimes involves the use of ranking data. A disadvantage of a ranking assignment is that the order in which the items are presented might influence the choice preferences of respondents regardless of the content being measured. The standard procedure to rule out such effects is to randomize the order of…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Social Science Research, Sociology, Structural Equation Models
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An, Weihua; Winship, Christopher – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
In this article, we review popular parametric models for analyzing panel data and introduce the latest advances in matching methods for panel data analysis. To the extent that the parametric models and the matching methods offer distinct advantages for drawing causal inference, we suggest using both to cross-validate the evidence. We demonstrate…
Descriptors: Causal Models, Statistical Inference, Interviews, Race
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Mikkelsen, Kim Sass – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Contemporary case studies rely on verbal arguments and set theory to build or evaluate theoretical claims. While existing procedures excel in the use of qualitative information (information about kind), they ignore quantitative information (information about degree) at central points of the analysis. Effectively, contemporary case studies rely on…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Mathematical Models, Theories, Causal Models
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Klausch, Thomas; Schouten, Barry; Hox, Joop J. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
This study evaluated three types of bias--total, measurement, and selection bias (SB)--in three sequential mixed-mode designs of the Dutch Crime Victimization Survey: telephone, mail, and web, where nonrespondents were followed up face-to-face (F2F). In the absence of true scores, all biases were estimated as mode effects against two different…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Statistical Bias, Sequential Approach, Benchmarking
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Pearl, Judea – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
We address the task of determining, from statistical averages alone, whether a population under study consists of several subpopulations, unknown to the investigator, each responding to a given treatment markedly differently. We show that such determination is feasible in three cases: (1) randomized trials with binary treatments, (2) models where…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Models, Social Science Research, Randomized Controlled Trials
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Tarray, Tanveer A.; Singh, Housila P.; Yan, Zaizai – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
This article addresses the problem of estimating the proportion Pi[subscript S] of the population belonging to a sensitive group using optional randomized response technique in stratified sampling based on Mangat model that has proportional and Neyman allocation and larger gain in efficiency. Numerically, it is found that the suggested model is…
Descriptors: Models, Efficiency, Sampling, Research Problems
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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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DiGrazia, Joseph – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
This study proposes using Internet search data from search engines like Google to produce state-level metrics that are useful in social science research. Generally, state-level research relies on demographic statistics, official statistics produced by government agencies, or aggregated survey data. However, each of these data sources has serious…
Descriptors: Search Engines, Political Attitudes, Immigrants, Public Policy
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Stamey, James D.; Beavers, Daniel P.; Sherr, Michael E. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Survey data are often subject to various types of errors such as misclassification. In this article, we consider a model where interest is simultaneously in two correlated response variables and one is potentially subject to misclassification. A motivating example of a recent study of the impact of a sexual education course for adolescents is…
Descriptors: Bayesian Statistics, Classification, Models, Correlation
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Ghosh, Jaideep; Kshitij, Avinash – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
This article introduces a number of methods that can be useful for examining the emergence of large-scale structures in collaboration networks. The study contributes to sociological research by investigating how clusters of research collaborators evolve and sometimes percolate in a collaboration network. Typically, we find that in our networks,…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Network Analysis, Sociology, Evaluation Methods
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Dülmer, Hermann – Sociological Methods & Research, 2016
The factorial survey is an experimental design consisting of varying situations (vignettes) that have to be judged by respondents. For more complex research questions, it quickly becomes impossible for an individual respondent to judge all vignettes. To overcome this problem, random designs are recommended most of the time, whereas quota designs…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Reliability, Validity, Benchmarking
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Weller, Nicholas; Barnes, Jeb – Sociological Methods & Research, 2016
The study of causal mechanisms interests scholars across the social sciences. Case studies can be a valuable tool in developing knowledge and hypotheses about how causal mechanisms function. The usefulness of case studies in the search for causal mechanisms depends on effective case selection, and there are few existing guidelines for selecting…
Descriptors: Causal Models, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Mixed Methods Research
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