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Sequence analysis with Stata


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  • Christian Brzinsky-Fay

    (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)

  • Ulrich Kohler

    (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)

  • Magdalena Luniak

    (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)


We describe a general strategy to analyze sequence data and introduce SQ-Ados, a bundle of Stata programs implementing the proposed strategy. The programs include several tools for describing and visualizing sequences as well as a Mata library to perform optimal matching using the Needleman – Wunsch algorithm. With these programs Stata becomes the first statistical package to offer a complete set of tools for sequence analysis. Copyright 2006 by StataCorp LP.

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Article provided by StataCorp LP in its journal Stata Journal.

Volume (Year): 6 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 435-460

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Handle: RePEc:tsj:stataj:v:6:y:2006:i:4:p:435-460

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Keywords: sqclusterdat; sqclustermat; sqdes; sqindexplot; sqom; sqpar- coord; sqset; sqstatlist; sqstatsum; sqstattab1; sqstattab2; sqstattabsum; sqtab; sequence analysis; optimal matching; cluster analysis; panel data; longitudinal data; explorative data analysis; sequence index plot;


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