Proceedings of the International Conference on Sequence Analysis and Related Methods (LaCOSA II)
The International Conference on Sequence Analysis and Related Methods (LaCOSA II) was held in Lausanne, June 8-10, 2016, four years after the Lausanne Conference on Sequence Analysis (LaCOSA). The conference brought together scholars using innovative methods for analyzing longitudinal data in social, managerial, political, population, psychological, health, and environmental sciences with developers of methods for longitudinal analysis. Sequence Analysis (SA) has become a popular exploratory tool in social sciences since the pioneering contributions of Andrew Abbott and the recent release of powerful pieces of software. Nevertheless, SA remains essentially exploratory and needs to be complemented with other modeling tools, especially when it comes to testing hypotheses or studying the dynamics that drives the trajectories. In that perspective, this LaCOSA II conference did not limit itself to SA by also covered alternative longitudinal methods, such as survival and event history analysis, Markov-based and other longitudinal stochastic models. The aim was to debate how these different approaches can complement each other. Alongside three keynote talks by Francesco Billari, Jeroen Vermunt and Aart Liefbroer, 57 papers were presented at the conference. The papers were selected among 79 propositions on the basis of reviews made by members of the scientific committee. In addition LaCOSA II featured also a longitudinal data analysis contest. The present proceedings collect the papers presented at the conference. Some authors chose to not include their full paper for copyright reasons. In those cases only a—short or long—abstract is included. We would like to warmly thank here all members of the Scientific Committee for their scientific support and their help in the reviewing process. Many thanks also to the Organizing Committee, as well as to Christelle Burri for her administrative assistance. We also acknowledge the financial support of the University of Geneva and its Geneva School of Social Sciences, the Foundation and the Institute of Social Sciences of i the University of Lausanne, the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research LIVES and the Swiss National Science Foundation. LaCOSA II would not have been possible without all these supports.