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Iannario, Maria; Manisera, Marica; Piccolo, Domenico; Zuccolotto, Paola – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
In analyzing data from attitude surveys, it is common to consider the "don't know" responses as missing values. In this article, we present a statistical model commonly used for the analysis of responses/evaluations expressed on Likert scales and extended to take into account the presence of don't know responses. The main objective is to…
Descriptors: Response Style (Tests), Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis, Models
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Firchow, Pamina; Mac Ginty, Roger – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
One of the main obstacles for survey researchers--especially those conducting surveys in difficult contexts such as postconflict areas--is accessing respondents. In order to address this problem, this article draws on an ongoing research project to reflect on the utility of mobile phones to connect with hard-to-access populations in conflict…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Telephone Surveys, Developing Nations
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Nelson, Laura K. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
This article proposes a three-step methodological framework called computational grounded theory, which combines expert human knowledge and hermeneutic skills with the processing power and pattern recognition of computers, producing a more methodologically rigorous but interpretive approach to content analysis. The first, pattern detection step,…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Content Analysis, Expertise, Hermeneutics
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Liebe, Ulf; Moumouni, Ismaïl M.; Bigler, Christine; Ingabire, Chantal; Bieri, Sabin – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
Survey-based experimental methods are increasingly used in the social sciences to study, among others, attitudes, norms, and fairness judgments. One of these methods is the factorial survey experiment (FSE or vignette experiment) in which respondents are confronted with various descriptions of situations that differ in a discrete number of…
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Surveys, Attitudes, Behavior Standards
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Müller, Bettina; Castiglioni, Laura – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
In the context of cross-sectional surveys, the scope of research on the impact of response enhancing strategies on sample composition and nonresponse bias is vast. This topic has rarely been addressed for panel studies, however, although these are becoming an increasingly important data source in social research. In this article, we evaluate the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Surveys, Dropouts, Longitudinal Studies
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Uhrig, S. C. Noah; Watson, Nicole – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
Test-retest reliability assessments rarely investigate whether reliability itself is stable or change in reliability affects findings from substantive models. Research across the social sciences often recognizes that measurement error could influence results, yet it rarely applies established error correction methods. Focusing on gender wage…
Descriptors: Error of Measurement, Wages, National Surveys, Foreign Countries
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Menold, Natalja – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
Unlike other data collection modes, the effect of labeling rating scales on reliability and validity, as relevant aspects of measurement quality, has seldom been addressed in online surveys. In this study, verbal and numeric rating scales were compared in split-ballot online survey experiments. In the first experiment, respondents' cognitive…
Descriptors: Rating Scales, Online Surveys, Cognitive Processes, Eye Movements
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Barban, N.; de Luna, X.; Lundholm, E.; Svensson, I.; Billari, F. C. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
In this article, we combine the extensive literature on the analysis of life-course trajectories as sequences with the literature on causal inference and propose a new matching approach to investigate the causal effect of the timing of life-course events on subsequent outcomes. Our matching approach takes into account pre-event confounders that…
Descriptors: Retirement, Experience, Older Adults, Foreign Countries
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Palmieri, Marco – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
The researcher, who pretests a questionnaire conventionally, is confident that a small number of interviews reveals numerous problems afflict the questionnaire. The standardized interviewer is asked to observe respondent's verbal behaviors in order to realize whether respondent misunderstands question. But this strategy fails when respondent does…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Pretesting, Testing Problems, Interviews
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Mohammed, M. A.; Ibrahim, A. I. N.; Siri, Z.; Noor, N. F. M. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
In this article, a numerical method integrated with statistical data simulation technique is introduced to solve a nonlinear system of ordinary differential equations with multiple random variable coefficients. The utilization of Monte Carlo simulation with central divided difference formula of finite difference (FD) method is repeated n times to…
Descriptors: Monte Carlo Methods, Calculus, Sampling, Simulation
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Gummer, Tobias – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Survey research is still confronted by a trend of increasing nonresponse rates. In this context, several methodological advances have been made to stimulate participation and avoid bias. Yet, despite the growing number of tools and methods to deal with nonresponse, little is known about whether nonresponse biases show similar trends as nonresponse…
Descriptors: Bias, Surveys, Foreign Countries, Response Rates (Questionnaires)
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Kappelhof, Johannes W. S.; De Leeuw, Edith D. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
This study investigates the impact of different modes and tailor-made response enhancing measures (TMREM)--such as bilingual interviewers with a shared ethnic background and translated questionnaires--on the measurement of substantive variables in surveys among minority ethnic groups in the Netherlands. It also provides insight into the ability to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Minority Groups, Ethnic Groups, Computation
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Johnson, Michael Lee; Sedory, Stephen A.; Singh, Sarjinder – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
In this article, alternative randomized response models are proposed, which make use of sum of quantitative scores generated from two decks of cards being used in a survey. The proposed methods are compared to the Odumade and Singh and Singh and Grewal models through a simulation study. It is shown that the modified methods can be used more…
Descriptors: Scores, Surveys, Responses, Models
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Jaeger, Mads Meier – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
This article analyzes the effect of interviewers' physical attractiveness on cooperation rates in face-to-face interviews and survey responses (self-reports on physical appearance, weight, and health). This article includes four aspects of physical attractiveness (facial attractiveness, voice attractiveness, body mass index [BMI], and height) and…
Descriptors: Researchers, Individual Characteristics, Aesthetics, Cooperation
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Block, Per; Stadtfeld, Christoph; Snijders, Tom A. B. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Two approaches for the statistical analysis of social network generation are widely used; the tie-oriented exponential random graph model (ERGM) and the stochastic actor-oriented model (SAOM) or Siena model. While the choice for either model by empirical researchers often seems arbitrary, there are important differences between these models that…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Social Networks, Models, Network Analysis
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