Rotterdam School of Management, Department of Management of Technology and Innovation
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Management of Technology and Innovation
19 2009 6,
ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2009-034-ORG
Pattern matching is comparing two patterns in order to determine whether they match (i.e., that they are the same) or do not match (i.e., that they differ). Pattern matching is the core procedure of theory-testing with cases. Testing consists of matching an “observed pattern” (a pattern of measured values) with an “expected pattern” (a hypothesis), and deciding whether these patterns match (resulting in a confirmation of the hypothesis) or do not match (resulting in a disconfirmation). Essential to pattern matching (as opposed to pattern recognition, which is a procedure by which theory is built) is that the expected pattern is precisely specified before the matching takes place.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: theory-testing, case study research, necessary condition, sufficient condition, pattern matching
JEL Classification: M13, O32, M, L26working papers series
Date posted: July 15, 2009
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