A comparative review of sequence dissimilarity measures

@inproceedings{Studer2014ACR,
  title={A comparative review of sequence dissimilarity measures},
  author={Matthias Studer and Gilbert Ritschard},
  year={2014}
}
This is a comparative study of the multiple ways of measuring dissimilarities between state sequences. For sequences describing life courses, such as family life trajectories or professional careers, the important differences between the sequences essentially concern the sequencing (the order in which successive states appear), the timing, and the duration of the spells in the successive states. Even if some distance measures underperform, it has been shown that there is no universally optimal… 
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