Sequence analysis in demographic research and application

Billari, F. C.
Canadian Studies in Population, 28:2, 439–458 (2001)


This paper examines the salient features of sequence analysis in demographic research. The new approach allows a holistic perspective on life course analysis, and is based on a representation of lives as sequences of states. Some of the methods fro analysing such data are sketched, from complex description to optimal matching to monothetic divisive algorithms. After a short illustration of a demographically relevant example, the needs in terms of data collection ad the opportunities of applying the same approach to synthetic data are discussed.
Das Max-Planck-Institut für demografische Forschung (MPIDR) in Rostock ist eines der international führenden Zentren für Bevölkerungswissenschaft. Es gehört zur Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, einer der weltweit renommiertesten Forschungsgemeinschaften.