Computing and Research Services Workshops

Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets (fsQCA) ~ Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9:30 to 11:30 AM, 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Location: IBS Computing Lab, Room 150

Teacher: Prof. Charles Ragin

This all-day Saturday workshop introduces set-theoretic methods and their applications in the social sciences. Prof. Ragin will spell out the fundamental concepts that characterize this methodological approach including set-theory, Boolean algebra, and fuzzy sets. Specific attention is devoted to using the software package fsQCA, which facilitates configurational comparisons of cases. Topics include:

  • Boolean algebra and set relations
  • Set-theoretic analysis vs. correlational analysis
  • Necessity and sufficiency
  • INUS causation and causal complexity
  • Crisp-set QCA
  • Fuzzy sets, fuzzy set relations, and fuzzy-set QCA
  • Fuzzy set calibration
  • Limited diversity and counterfactual analysis

Registration is required. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own data. From 3:00-5:00pm Prof. Ragin will be available to help participants with their projects.

Workshop is full; registration is closed.

Relevant WWW-sites:
http://www.compasss.org (bibliography and working papers)
http://www.fsqca.com (software)

Relevant Background Reading:
Ragin, Charles C. 1987. The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Ragin, Charles C. 2000. Fuzzy-Set Social Science, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Ragin, Charles C. 2008. Redesigning Social Inquiry: Fuzzy-Sets and Beyond. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Rihoux, Benoit and Charles C. Ragin (eds.) 2008. Configurational Comparative Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.