By Philippe Blanchard, Felix Bühlmann, Jacques-Antoine Gauthier

This publication offers a common view of series research, the statistical examine of successions of states or occasions. It comprises leading edge contributions on lifestyles path reports, transitions into and out of employment, contemporaneous and ancient careers, and political trajectories. The procedure provided during this booklet is now imperative to the life-course point of view and the research of social approaches extra generally.

This quantity promotes the discussion among methods to series research that constructed individually, inside of traditions contrasted in area and disciplines. It contains the most recent advancements in sequential techniques, coding, extraordinary datasets and time styles, optimum matching and substitute algorithms, survey optimization, and visualization.

Field reports comprise unique sequential fabric regarding parenting in 19th-century Belgium, larger schooling and paintings in Finland and Italy, relations formation earlier than and after German reunification, French Jews persecuted in occupied France, long term developments in electoral participation, and regime democratization.

Overall the publication reassesses the classical makes use of of sequences and it promotes new methods of amassing, formatting, representing and processing them. The advent offers simple sequential suggestions and instruments, in addition to a heritage of the tactic. Chapters are offered in a manner that's either obtainable to the newbie and informative to the expert.

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Yet, though mostly in the disciplines outside of social sciences (such as in studies of DNA), there has been continued and active interest in looking at parts of the sequences for regions of similarity or common subsequences. This global/local distinction, however, is neither an equivalent of the level of analysis problem nor a parallel to the holism-reductionism debate one often finds in social sciences. In both strategies, the theoretical focus is on the properties in connections between the elements arrayed, such as “narrative order, sequential dependency, interlocked contingencies” (Abbott 1995) or “molecular structures and biological properties” (Lawrence et al.

One of the key issues is that of bounding the motif. , at a subsequence level. The problem has implications on several levels. First and foremost, the underlying presumption on the nature of sequence structure is that, empirically, the elements are not arrayed randomly. The patterned regularities we seek are taken as the results of that non-randomness (such as “enchainment, order, convergence” (Abbott 1995)). In turn, theoretically, we presume that there are underlying processes that produce these regularities.

Thus, its strength lies in its integrated application of theoretical concepts, ways of collecting and analyzing data, and a growing, cumulating body of substantive findings. There are quite a few meta-theoretical parallels and practical similarities between social network analysis then and sequence analysis now: We are very much at that juncture, where the direction for us too is from method and metaphor to theory and substance. To pose new intellectual questions, collect new types of evidence, and provide new ways to describe and analyze social structures are what sequence analysis has to achieve.

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