Setting Cost in Optimal Matching to Uncover Contemporaneous Socio-Temporal Patterns

  title={Setting Cost in Optimal Matching to Uncover Contemporaneous Socio-Temporal Patterns},
  author={Laurent Lesnard},
  journal={Sociological Methods \& Research},
  pages={389 - 419}
  • Laurent Lesnard
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Mathematics
  • Sociological Methods & Research
This article addresses the question of the effects of cost setting on the kind of temporal patterns optimal matching (OM) can uncover when applied to social science data. It is argued that the balance between indel (insertion and deletion) and substitution costs determines what kind of socio-temporal pattern can be brought to light. Insertion and deletion operations favor identically coded states irrespective of their locations whereas substitutions focus on contemporaneous similarities. The… 

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