Pattern Matching

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  • A method of theory conceptuali zation, data collection, and data interpretation commonly used when the number of cases is small, as in comparative case study research, or when subjects are not assigned randomly to control and experimental groups, as in quasi experiments. There are two basic types of pattern-matching analyses, focusing on (1) patterns in groups of dependent variables or (2) patterns in groups of independent variables. In the first type, the researcher might predict that a treatment or a program intervention would lead to a cluster of related outcomes. In the second type, a researcher predicts that instances of a particular outcome will be associated with a patterned group of independent variables. In the first case, the cause is known, and a pattern of ...

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