By Donald W. Katzner
In plying their exchange, social scientists usually are faced with major phenomena that seem incapable of size. earlier perform could recommend that the best way to care for those circumstances is to paintings more durable at discovering acceptable measures in order that typical quantitative research can nonetheless be utilized. Professor Katzner's strategy, in spite of the fact that is kind of diversified. instead of targeting 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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An example of an empirical study employing nonscalable variables and a statistical test for dependence appears in Chapter 14. It focuses on the basis for occupational choice by examining the nature of individual preferences that are expressed in terms of abstract characteristics such as security, freedom, and pride. " Although based on different kinds of information (each with its own independent usefulness), the two models yielded almost the same test results. The chapter is also reproduced from a paper published elsewhere.
Analysis Without Measurement by Donald W. Katzner