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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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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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Algesheimer, René; Bagozzi, Richard P.; Dholakia, Utpal M. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
We offer a new conceptualization and measurement models for constructs at the group-level of analysis in small group research. The conceptualization starts with classical notions of group behavior proposed by Tönnies, Simmel, and Weber and then draws upon plural subject theory by philosophers Gilbert and Tuomela to frame a new perspective…
Descriptors: Models, Groups, Group Behavior, Theories
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Dafoe, Allan – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Social scientists routinely address temporal dependence by adopting a simple technical fix. However, the correct identification strategy for a causal effect depends on causal assumptions. These need to be explicated and justified; almost no studies do so. This article addresses this shortcoming by offering a precise general statement of the…
Descriptors: Nonparametric Statistics, Influences, Social Science Research, Time
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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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Beach, Derek; Pedersen, Rasmus Brun – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
The last decade has witnessed resurgence in the interest in studying the causal mechanisms linking causes and effects. This article games through the methodological consequences that adopting a systems understanding of mechanisms has for what types of cases we should select when using in-depth case study methods like process tracing. The article…
Descriptors: Influences, Case Studies, Systems Approach, Selection Criteria
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Sugie, Naomi F. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Mobile technologies, specifically smartphones, offer social scientists a potentially powerful approach to examine the social world. They enable researchers to collect information that was previously unobservable or difficult to measure, expanding the realm of empirical investigation. For research that concerns resource-poor and hard-to-reach…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Disadvantaged, Research Methodology, Social Science Research
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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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Halpern-Manners, Andrew; Warren, John Robert; Torche, Florencia – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Does participation in one wave of a survey have an effect on respondents' answers to questions in subsequent waves? In this article, we investigate the presence and magnitude of "panel conditioning" effects in one of the most frequently used data sets in the social sciences: the General Social Survey (GSS). Using longitudinal records…
Descriptors: Surveys, Participation, Conditioning, Test Wiseness
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Piccarreta, Raffaella – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
In its standard formulation, sequence analysis aims at finding typical patterns in a set of life courses represented as sequences. Recently, some proposals have been introduced to jointly analyze sequences defined on different domains (e.g., work career, partnership, and parental histories). We introduce measures to evaluate whether a set of…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Social Science Research, Factor Analysis
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Young, Cristobal; Holsteen, Katherine – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Model uncertainty is pervasive in social science. A key question is how robust empirical results are to sensible changes in model specification. We present a new approach and applied statistical software for computational multimodel analysis. Our approach proceeds in two steps: First, we estimate the modeling distribution of estimates across all…
Descriptors: Models, Ambiguity (Context), Robustness (Statistics), Social Science Research
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Braumoeller, Bear F. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) has become one of the most prominent methods in the social sciences for capturing causal complexity, especially for scholars with small- and medium-"N" data sets. This research note explores two key assumptions in fsQCA's methodology for testing for necessary and sufficient…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis, Social Science Research, Research Methodology
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Vuolo, Mike – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Often in sociology, researchers are confronted with nonnormal variables whose joint distribution they wish to explore. Yet, assumptions of common measures of dependence can fail or estimating such dependence is computationally intensive. This article presents the copula method for modeling the joint distribution of two random variables, including…
Descriptors: Sociology, Research Methodology, Social Science Research, Models
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