Analysis Without Measurement by Donald W. Katzner

By Donald W. Katzner

In plying their alternate, social scientists frequently are faced with major phenomena that seem incapable of dimension. previous perform could recommend that how you can take care of those circumstances is to paintings more durable at discovering acceptable measures in order that common quantitative research can nonetheless be utilized. Professor Katzner's procedure, besides the fact that is kind of diverse. instead of focusing on the development of measures, he increases the query of the way such phenomena should be investigated and understood within the absence of numerical gauges to symbolize them.

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Consider first the philosophical viewpoint as represented by Ellis [9]. To develop a notion of measurement, Ellis begins with the concept of quantity. If it can be said that certain things have a particular quantity in common, then they must be comparable with respect to some property. The latter implies the existence of an ordering that enables comparisons to be made. To measure a quantity, as already suggested, is to assign numbers to things according to a rule. Each rule determines a scale of measurement.

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