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ERIC Number: EJ1142172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0049-1241
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Case Selection via Matching
Nielsen, Richard A.
Sociological Methods & Research, v45 n3 p569-597 Aug 2016
This article shows how statistical matching methods can be used to select "most similar" cases for qualitative analysis. I first offer a methodological justification for research designs based on selecting most similar cases. I then discuss the applicability of existing matching methods to the task of selecting most similar cases and propose adaptations to meet the unique requirements of qualitative analysis. Through several applications, I show that matching methods have advantages over traditional selection in "most similar" case designs: They ensure that most similar cases are in fact most similar; they make scope conditions, assumptions, and measurement explicit; and they make case selection transparent and replicable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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