Sequence Analysis and Optimal Matching Methods in Sociology

  title={Sequence Analysis and Optimal Matching Methods in Sociology},
  author={Andrew Abbott and Angela Tsay},
  journal={Sociological Methods \& Research},
  pages={3 - 33}
  • A. Abbott, A. Tsay
  • Published 1 August 2000
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Methods & Research
The authors review all known studies applying optimal matching or alignment (OM) techniques to social science sequence data. Issues of data, coding, temporality, cost setting/algorithm design, and analytic strategies are considered, and substantive findings are reviewed. The authors conclude that OM techniques have produced interesting results in a wide variety of areas, the most promising being studies of careers and of sequentially organized cultural artifacts. 
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