Although association models have been widely utilized by social stratification researchers, especially in the study of social mobility and assortative mating such techniques have yet to be widely disseminated to other social science disciplines. This is partly because most of the important contributions are scattered in various journals and there has not been any systematic effort to integrate the family of association models into a single, coherent framework.


Many social science data are naturally organized in cross-classified tabular formats. For example, in sociology, gender and/or racial differences in the relationship between education and occupation, friendship patterns within social networks, cross-national and/or temporal changes in assortative mating; in geography, changes in the characteristics of urban neighborhoods over time and temporal variations in interstate or interregional migration flows; in economics, temporal trends in import/export trade in the ...

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