Optimal Matching Analysis and Life-Course Data: The Importance of Duration

@article{Halpin2010OptimalMA,
  title={Optimal Matching Analysis and Life-Course Data: The Importance of Duration},
  author={Brendan Halpin},
  journal={Sociological Methods \& Research},
  year={2010},
  volume={38},
  pages={365 - 388}
}
  • B. Halpin
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Mathematics
  • Sociological Methods & Research
The optimal matching (OM) algorithm is widely used for sequence analysis in sociology. It has a natural interpretation for discrete-time sequences but is also widely used for life-history data, which are continuous in time. Life-history data are arguably better dealt with in terms of episodes rather than as strings of time-unit observations, and in this article, the author examines whether the OM algorithm is unsuitable for such sequences. A modified version of the algorithm is proposed… Expand

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