Configurational Comparative Methods: QCA and fuzzy sets

author: Benoît Rihoux, Université catholique de Louvain
published: Aug. 7, 2009,   recorded: August 2009,   views: 12146

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This course examines the family of 'configurational comparative methods' (CCM). First, the course spells out the fundamental concepts that underlie the configurational comparative approach. In the framework of the general literature on comparative empirical social research, participants are made familiar with issues such as concept formation, truth tables, basic Boolean algebra, ideal types, and property spaces. Then participants are trained to use the most widely used of the CCM so far: dichotomous Qualitative Comparative Analysis (csQCA). The practical steps and best practices of csQCA (including software use: TOSMANA and fs/QCA) are taught: first the basic procedures, then various refinements. The course is concluded with an overview of linked developments such as fuzzy set QCA (fsQCA) and multi-value QCA (mvQCA) and the combination of QCA with other methods. Real-life, published applications are used throughout the course; participants are also encouraged to bring their own data, if available. Some basic quantitative or qualitative methodological training is probably useful to get more out of the course, but participants with little methodological training should find no major obstacles to follow the course. Above all, participants should be motivated to engage in rigorous comparative analysis.

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Comment1 wendy olsen, September 15, 2010 at 5:42 p.m.:

It is very enjoyable and the lecture offers an accessible, extensive introduction to the extended systematic case study method.

It is unclear at the start how long this lecture will be - the web site seems not to show the length to me.

Comment2 Priska, May 19, 2011 at 4:05 a.m.:

If you put the mouse next to the volume, you will see "1:21:53". :)

Comment3 Naima Oumoussa, May 7, 2014 at 3:38 a.m.:

Dear Mr Rihoux,
Congratulations on this very informative presentation on QCA technics. It is very appreciated.

I am currently initiating a research on the identification of the fundamentals requirements for developing countries to set up sound national systems to systematically prepare their Greenhouse Gas inventories.

For outsiders, this might seem complicated, but it is very simple. What I am doing right now is a sort of benchmark work through which I am hoping to be able to select the most necessary conditions for any developing country if it is to develop a strong national greenhouse gas inventory system.

I coincidentally learnt about QCA technics family, at this stage, I believe that csQCA might be used for my purpose from this study (it is the simplest method! that might be used by a novice person in this field).
That is why, I find very interesting your related presentation.
I am therefore very eager to get the information used in this session that you deem will be useful ( such as the simulation exercises that you used for this training. How to get the corresponding last version of the software). I think this will be very helpful for me as they will enable me to better master this tool through some fake and real examples. I will then be prepared to use it for my real research.
I really will be very grateful to your kind consideration, diligence and guidance.
Kindest regards,
And thank you once again for the quality of the presentation!


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