Three Narratives of Sequence Analysis

@inproceedings{Halpin2014ThreeNO,
  title={Three Narratives of Sequence Analysis},
  author={Brendan Halpin},
  year={2014}
}
How do we relate the distance between two sequences, as given by an algorithm such as optimal matching, to sociologically meaningful notions of similarity and dissimilarity? This has been controversial in sequence analysis. Attention must be paid to how the algorithm operates, and to what sort of distances it generates in empirical practice. We can think of algorithms as giving distinct “narratives” of similarity, derived either formally or heuristically from their operation. This paper… 
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