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Measuring the Intentional WorldRealism, Naturalism, and Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences$
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J. D. Trout

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195107661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195107667.001.0001

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Measurement as Population‐Guided Estimation

Measurement as Population‐Guided Estimation

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Measuring the Intentional World

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Measurement is a central epistemic category in science, one crucial way to test and improve theories. This chapter offers a general account of measurement, covering cases in the social, psychological, and physical sciences. According to the account of population-guided estimation (PGE), measurement values depend on real values of the population dimensions, and measurement procedures are refined with respect to these unobservable phenomena. Parameter values are real, stable features of the world that sustain conditional dependencies and whose magnitudes can be measured.

Keywords:   measurement, magnitude, parameter, conditional dependencies, unobservable

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