Assessing alternative dissimilarity indexes for comparing activity profiles
AbstractWhen making between-group time use comparisons, it is often useful to have a single measure that summarizes the dissimilarity between the two groups. This paper examines the robustness of four alternative dissimilarity indexes. The main finding is that unweighted indexes, such as the Szalai T, are sensitive to the level at which activities are aggregated, while weighted indexes are robust to the level of aggregation.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Research Institute on Professions (Forschungsinstitut Freie Berufe (FFB)) and The International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR) in its journal electronic International Journal of Time Use Research.
Volume (Year): 3 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (August)
Dissimilarity index; time allocation; time-use;
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