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TIME SERIES DESIGN

Victor Jupp

A research design in which measurements of the same variables are taken at different points in time, often with a view to studying social trends. For this reason such designs are sometimes also known as trend designs and are distinguishable from ‘one shot’ cross-sectional designs in which measurements are taken only once. Time series designs can be used in conjunction with official data, for example by plotting crime rates for the same area but for different point in time (monthly, quarterly, annually). This acts as a basis for making statements about trends in levels of crime. It is possible to plot the trends for different variables at one and the same time with a view to making inferences about their relationship, for example, to map unemployment rates against crime ...

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