Sequence Analysis in the Social Sciences – Online-Workshop

Date: 27.10 – 29.10.2021

Organization: Online workshop

Lecturer(s): Dr. Emanuela Struffolino, Prof. Dr. Marcel Raab

This workshop introduces sequence analysis for social science research. Sequence analysis, originally developed in biology to analyze strings of DNA, has attracted increasing attention in the social sciences for the analysis of longitudinal data. Most applications study life course processes, including labor market careers, transitions to adulthood, or family formation. This workshop covers longitudinal data management (with Stata), basic techniques of sequence analysis (with Stata, but mainly with R), as well as recent methodological developments tailored at social science research questions. Topics include different ways of calculating distances between sequences, cluster analysis after sequence analysis, sequences visualization, techniques for analyzing sequences’ multidimensionality and the association between sequences’ unfolding over time and independent variables. All methods are demonstrated with hands-on examples using Stata (SQ package, for data preparation and basic sequence analysis) and R (TraMineR package).

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