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Fullerton, Andrew S.; Xu, Jun – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Adjacent category logit models are ordered regression models that focus on comparisons of adjacent categories. These models are particularly useful for ordinal response variables with categories that are of substantive interest. In this article, we consider unconstrained and constrained versions of the partial adjacent category logit model, which…
Descriptors: Regression (Statistics), Models, Classification, Comparative Analysis
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Algesheimer, René; Bagozzi, Richard P.; Dholakia, Utpal M. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
We offer a new conceptualization and measurement models for constructs at the group-level of analysis in small group research. The conceptualization starts with classical notions of group behavior proposed by Tönnies, Simmel, and Weber and then draws upon plural subject theory by philosophers Gilbert and Tuomela to frame a new perspective…
Descriptors: Models, Groups, Group Behavior, Theories
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Spaiser, Viktoria; Hedström, Peter; Ranganathan, Shyam; Jansson, Kim; Nordvik, Monica K.; Sumpter, David J. T. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
It is widely recognized that segregation processes are often the result of complex nonlinear dynamics. Empirical analyses of complex dynamics are however rare, because there is a lack of appropriate empirical modeling techniques that are capable of capturing complex patterns and nonlinearities. At the same time, we know that many social phenomena…
Descriptors: School Segregation, Research Methodology, Social Systems, Systems Approach
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Dafoe, Allan – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Social scientists routinely address temporal dependence by adopting a simple technical fix. However, the correct identification strategy for a causal effect depends on causal assumptions. These need to be explicated and justified; almost no studies do so. This article addresses this shortcoming by offering a precise general statement of the…
Descriptors: Nonparametric Statistics, Influences, Social Science Research, Time
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Legleye, Stéphane; Charrance, Géraldine; Razafindratsima, Nicolas; Bajos, Nathalie; Bohet, Aline; Moreau, Caroline – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Background: Reliability of nonprobability online volunteer panels for epidemiological purposes has rarely been studied. Objectives: To assess the quality of a questionnaire on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) administered in a nonprobability Web panel and in a random telephone survey (n = 8,992; n = 8,437, age 16-49 years). Especially, we were…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Birth, Questionnaires, Adolescents
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Grané, Aurea; Romera, Rosario – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Survey data are usually of mixed type (quantitative, multistate categorical, and/or binary variables). Multidimensional scaling (MDS) is one of the most extended methodologies to visualize the profile structure of the data. Since the past 60s, MDS methods have been introduced in the literature, initially in publications in the psychometrics area.…
Descriptors: Surveys, Data, Multidimensional Scaling, Robustness (Statistics)
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Fulton, Brad R. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Surveys provide a critical source of data for scholars, yet declining response rates are threatening the quality of data being collected. This threat is particularly acute among organizational studies that use key informants--the mean response rate for published studies is 34 percent. This article describes several response enhancing strategies…
Descriptors: Surveys, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Organizations (Groups), Bias
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Beach, Derek; Rohlfing, Ingo – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the combination of two methods on the basis of set theory. In our introduction and this special issue, we focus on two variants of cross-case set-theoretic methods--"qualitative comparative analysis" (QCA) and typological theory (TT)--and their combination with process tracing (PT).…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Theories, Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis
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Rohlfing, Ingo; Schneider, Carsten Q. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
The combination of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) with process tracing, which we call set-theoretic multimethod research (MMR), is steadily becoming more popular in empirical research. Despite the fact that both methods have an elected affinity based on set theory, it is not obvious how a within-case method operating in a single case and a…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis, Theories
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Beach, Derek – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
This article explores the practical challenges one faces when combining qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) and process tracing (PT) in a manner that is consistent with their underlying assumptions about the nature of causal relationships. While PT builds on a mechanism-based understanding of causation, QCA as a comparative method makes claims…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Mixed Methods Research, Research Methodology, Case Studies
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Sugie, Naomi F. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Mobile technologies, specifically smartphones, offer social scientists a potentially powerful approach to examine the social world. They enable researchers to collect information that was previously unobservable or difficult to measure, expanding the realm of empirical investigation. For research that concerns resource-poor and hard-to-reach…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Disadvantaged, Research Methodology, Social Science Research
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Kam, Chester Chun Seng – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
The item wording (or keying) effect is respondents' differential response style to positively and negatively worded items. Despite decades of research, the nature of the effect is still unclear. This article proposes a potential reason; namely, that the item wording effect is scale-specific, and thus findings are applicable only to a particular…
Descriptors: Response Style (Tests), Test Items, Language Usage, College Students
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Muñoz, J. F.; Álvarez-Verdejo, E.; García-Fernández, R. M. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Many poverty measures are estimated by using sample data collected from social surveys. Two examples are the poverty gap and the poverty severity indices. A novel method for the estimation of these poverty indicators is described. Social surveys usually contain different variables, some of which can be used to improve the estimation of poverty…
Descriptors: Poverty, Simulation, Income, Socioeconomic Status
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Biggs, Michael – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Since the 1970s, catalogs of protest events have been at the heart of research on social movements. To measure how protest changes over time or varies across space, sociologists usually count the frequency of events, as either the dependent variable or a key independent variable. An alternative is to count the number of participants in protest.…
Descriptors: Activism, Strikes, Civil Disobedience, Violence
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Stapleton, Laura M.; Kang, Yoonjeong – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
This research empirically evaluates data sets from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for design effects of ignoring the sampling design in weighted two-level analyses. Currently, researchers may ignore the sampling design beyond the levels that they model which might result in incorrect inferences regarding hypotheses due to…
Descriptors: Probability, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Sampling, Inferences
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