Is Optimal Matching Suboptimal?

  title={Is Optimal Matching Suboptimal?},
  author={Matissa N. Hollister},
  journal={Sociological Methods \& Research},
  pages={235 - 264}
Optimal matching (OM) is a method for measuring the similarity between pairs of sequences (e.g., work histories). This article discusses two problems with optimal matching. First, the author identifies a flaw in OM ‘‘indel costs’’ and proposes a solution to this flaw. Second, the author discusses the need for benchmarks to measure the added value of OM and to test competing versions. To that end, the author conducts an empirical test of traditional OM, the alternative localized OM, and sequence… Expand

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