Comparing contingency tables: Tools for analyzing data from two groups cross-classified by two characteristics

P. M.E. Altham*, J. P. Ferrie

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Abstract

The authors discuss two tools to compare tables generated by the cross-classification of data by two characteristics (e.g., fathers' and sons' occupations; home ownership and ethnicity): (1) an algorithm to adjust two tables to have identical marginal frequencies, and (2) a measure of the association between rows and columns in a two-way table and a measure of how the row and column associations differ across two such tables, together with a test of the hypothesis that the associations are identical. The authors compare intergenerational occupational mobility in the United States in the period between 1850 and 1880 with that between 1880 and 1910.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalHistorical Methods
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

Keywords

  • Contingency table
  • Cross-classification
  • Mobility measurement
  • Row-column association

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History

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