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Tag Archives: causal inference
The COMPASSS statement and QCA solution types
About two weeks ago, COMPASSS issued a Statement on Rejecting Article Submissions because of QCA Solution Type. In short, the reasoning was that methodological work on QCA is developing and that reviewers and editors should not judge empirical work based … Continue reading
Review of ‘MultiMethod Social Science’ (Seawright, CUP) – Chapter 2: Causation as A Shared Standard
Continuing the chapterbychapter review of Seawright’s book on MultiMethod Social Science took me longer than I imagined and it should have, but here we go again. The second chapter discusses the fundamentals of multimethod research (MMR) and identifies “Causation as … Continue reading
You are a regularity theorist when using the Coincidence Analysis algorithm in QCA
One of the recent big and, in my view, underappreciated innovations in the field of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is Baumgartner’s formulation of the Coincidence Analysis algorithm (CNA). Baumgartner presents it as an alternative to QCA, which I do not … Continue reading
Another mistaken criticism of set theory and settheoretic methods
For some time now, a discussion has been raging about the pros and cons of set theory and the use of settheoretic methods (STM) in the social sciences (e.g., in Sociological Methodology and the APSA Newsletter). Following up on a … Continue reading
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Surprised, anyone? Putting the debate about QCA into context
As is well known, QCA has been under intense scrutiny in recent years and subject to criticism (sometimes quite strong). I am not going to review studies on the validity of QCA that entail criticism; although it would be worthwhile … Continue reading
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The conservative QCA solution isn’t based on counterfactuals? Not so fast
When we use the QuineMcCluskey algorithm to derive a QCA solution, we can choose between the conservative, intermediate or parsimonious solution. While I do not have any figures about which solution has been produced how frequently in empirical research, it … Continue reading
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Impressions from the APSA 2014, or: QCA under fire?
If this was a blog post about the #APSA2014, I would have to write about Friday night’s fire emergency at the Marriott (i.e., #APSAonfire) as the nonacademic event that left a definite imprint (and affected me as one of the … Continue reading
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What Homeland has to do with causal inference in process tracing
More often than one might expect, television series and films offer excellent illustrations of methodological and methodsrelated arguments (which is worth a blog post of its own). When I was working on my paper on comparative hypothesis testing in process … Continue reading
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Frequentist inference and process tracing: an oxymoron?
The methods literature on process tracing took a Bayesian turn in recent years. Bayesian inference, whereby you condition on evidence in order to update your prior confidence in a hypothesis, is presented as a mode of inference one should follow … Continue reading
Qualitative Methods: A Field in Search of Common Ground
Qualitative Methods (i.e., process tracing, set theoretic methods, informal Bayesian inference etc.) and multimethod research, in particular the combination of regression analysis or QCA with case studies, are certainly a growth industry in political science and sociology. In light of … Continue reading