I am considering using TraMineR to analyze my data. However, before I do, I would like to know if it can handle hierarchical states, and I could not find the answer to this question in the documentation or online.
By "hierarchical states", I mean the following. My data describe professional trajectories through the sequence of held positions. I have some sort of ontology defined, for instance the state "working in news industry" subsumes "journalist" and "tv anchor". I would like this information to be taken into account when comparing sequences. If two persons are journalists during the same period, their sequences are considered as more similar than if they just work in the news industry, but the latter is still better than not working in the same sector at all.
Can I do this with TraMineR? If it is the case, can someone please point me towards the relevant functions?