Sequence analysis for the social sciences



Organised by:



Ian Thomas


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Liam Moylan


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sbarc|spark Maindy Road, Cardiff, Wales, CF24 4HQ


This workshop is devoted to the use of ‘sequence analysis’ to study life trajectories, such as changes in peoples employment, housing, and family formation over-time. Sequence analysis covers a range of techniques; this workshop will focus on those techniques that help group people with similar life trajectories, and the generation of data visualisations to interpret life trajectories. The workshop is aimed at a social science audience, and will work through practical examples to introduce the theoretical concepts of sequence analysis. Basic techniques of sequence analysis using R will be covered; however, by providing some theoretical background, this will help users applying sequence analysis techniques using other software (i.e., STATA).

The course covers:

  • Different methods of managing longitudinal data to enable sequence analysis 
  • Production of descriptive statistics and visualisaitons of life trajectories
  • Methods of identifying and grouping people with ‘similar’ life trajectories

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Know what data can be used in sequence analysis and how it needs to be formatted
  • Describe and visualise life trajectories
  • Create and describe ‘typologies’ of people based on similar patterns of life trajectories


£35 per day for registered students. £75 per day for staff at academic institutions, Research Councils researchers, public sector staff and staff at registered charity organisations and recognised research institutions. £250 per day for all other participants. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. No refunds are available after this date.If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of the cancellation of a course.

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