A Transition-Oriented Approach to Optimal Matching

  title={A Transition-Oriented Approach to Optimal Matching},
  author={Torsten Biemann},
  journal={Sociological Methodology},
  pages={195 - 221}
  • Torsten Biemann
  • Published 1 August 2011
  • Computer Science
  • Sociological Methodology
Optimal matching (OM) is a method that assesses sequence similarity. It was originally developed to study protein and DNA sequences and was later transferred to the social sciences where it was applied accordingly. However, there is an ongoing debate on the adequacy of its use in the social sciences, as a superficial transfer might not respond to the significant differences between typical sequences in biological and social settings. In this paper, I elaborate on these differences and introduce… Expand
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