Posted by Alrik Thiem, 24 February 2014
New software version: QCA 1.1-2 has been released, which fixes a minor bug in the calibration of sets with negative end point concepts and logistic functions. See the Software section for more details.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 6 February 2014
New working paper in WP Series: Cooper, Barry, Judith Glaesser and Stephanie Thomson. 2014. "Schneider and Wagemann's proposed Enhanced Standard Analysis for Ragin's Qualitative Comparative Analysis: Some unresolved problems and some suggestions for addressing them". COMPASSS WP Series 2014-77. Direct download here.
Posted by Benoît Rihoux, 9 January 2014
There are two job openings in set-theoretic causal data analysis at the University of Geneva, one post-doctoral and one PhD position.
Posted by Maarten Vink, 30 December 2013
New working paper in WP Series: Garcia-Castro, Roberto and Miguel A. Arino. 2013. "A General Approach to Panel Data Set-Theoretic Research". COMPASSS WP Series 2013-76. Direct download here.
Posted by Maarten Vink, 18 December 2013
New working paper in WP Series: Hanley, Séan and Allan Sikk. 2013. "Economy, Corruption or Promiscuous Voters? Explaining the Success of Anti-Establishment Reform Parties in Eastern Europe". COMPASSS WP Series 2013-75. Direct download here.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 12 December 2013
New software version: QCA 1.1-1 has been released, which fixes some minor bugs of version 1.1-0 and offers a massive increase in computation speed for indentifying extreme causal ambiguities. See the Software section for more details.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 11 December 2013
To our regret, the popular Tosmana software by Lasse Cronqvist (about 15% market share) will not be maintained any longer. The COMPASSS board would like to thank Lasse for the great service he has done to the QCA community by having developed mvQCA and Tosmana! See the Software section for more details.
Posted by Maarten Vink, 3 December 2013
New working paper in WP Series: Haesebrouck, Tim. 2013. "The Added Value of Multi-Value QCA: Response to Vink & van Vliet and Thiem". COMPASSS WP Series 2013-74. Direct download here.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 3 November 2013
New major software version: QCA 1.1-0 has been released. See the Software section.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 31 October 2013
Major methodological contributions on configurational comparative methods: "A Coincidence Analysis of a Causal Chain: The Swiss Minaret Vote" (forthcoming) by Michael Baumgartner and Ruedi Epple in Sociological Methods & Research, "Unifying Configurational Comparative Methods: Generalized-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis" (forthcoming) by Alrik Thiem in Sociological Methods & Research, and "Contradictions in fsQCA" by Claude Rubinson in Quality & Quantity 47(5).
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 12 June 2013
Two dedicated two-day conferences on QCA coming up! From 23-24 October 2013, the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich will host the International QCA Expert Workshop, for which methodological and empirical submissions are invited. And from 22-23 November 2013, the Goethe-University Frankfurt will host a QCA conference for empirically oriented work. See the Events section for more details.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 3 June 2013
New software version: Kirq 2.1.9 has been released. See the Software section.
Posted by Maarten Vink, 13 May 2013
New working paper in WP Series: Fischer, Manuel. 2013. "Policy Network Structures, Institutional Context, and Policy Change". COMPASSS WP Series 2013-73. Direct download here.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 7 May 2013
New edited volume on configurational research! Configurational Theory and Methods in Organizational Research edited by Peer C. Fiss, Bart Cambré and Axel Marx. From the synopsis: In this volume and its introduction, we outline a new perspective for understanding configuration. Our starting point is the emergence of set theoretic configurational methods, and especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), which provides novel ways for analyzing configurations. Our volume goes beyond introducing a new method to the fields of management and organization, as these methods furthermore offer an opportunity to rethink our understanding of the field and to develop different ways of theorizing the rich complexity of relationships that characterize organizational life.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 29 April 2013
New major methodological contributions on QCA: "Clearly Crisp, and Not Fuzzy: A Reassessment of the (Putative) Pitfalls of Multi-value QCA" by Alrik Thiem and the response by Maarten Vink and Olaf van Vliet in Field Methods 25(2), "Qualitative Comparative Analysis: How Inductive Use and Measurement Error Lead to Problematic Inference" by Simon Hug in Political Analysis 21(2), "Combining QCA and Process Tracing in Set-Theoretic Multi-Method Research" by Carsten Schneider and Ingo Rohlfing in Sociological Methods & Research 42(4), and "Boolean Minimization in Social Science Research: A Review of Current Software for Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)" by Alrik Thiem and Adrian Duşa in Social Science Computer Review 31(4).
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