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7. Measurement and understanding

7. Measurement and understanding  

David J. Hand

in Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2016
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Oct 2016
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9780191824609
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10.1093/actrade/9780198779568.003.0007
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While the quest for increased accuracy may be driven by the needs of applications, the effort to achieve accuracy of measurement itself stimulates other developments, in terms of measuring ... More
1. A brief history

1. A brief history  

David J. Hand

in Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2016
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‘A brief history’ shows that measurement is at least as old as civilization. Different systems and different units of measurement were developed in different places, with the physical size ... More
4. Measurement in the life sciences, medicine, and health

4. Measurement in the life sciences, medicine, and health  

David J. Hand

in Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

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10.1093/actrade/9780198779568.003.0004
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Biological systems pose particularly challenging measurement issues. This is partly because the biological domain is characterized by complexity and diversity. As a consequence, the results ... More
3. Fractal dimension

3. Fractal dimension  

Kenneth J. Falconer

in Fractals: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778599
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10.1093/actrade/9780199675982.003.0003
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‘Fractal dimension’ shows how fractals are measured as we examine them ever more closely. Traditional geometric methods in three dimensions are inadequate for measuring fractals, so a ... More
5. Measurement in the behavioural sciences

5. Measurement in the behavioural sciences  

David J. Hand

in Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2016
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Concepts of measurement in psychology are particularly noteworthy for having encountered scepticism. While people have been happy to accept that psychological attributes can be compared, ... More
6. Measurement in the social sciences, economics, business, and public policy

6. Measurement in the social sciences, economics, business, and public policy  

David J. Hand

in Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2016
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Social measurement spans a vast range of topics. It underpins government, public policy, international relations, industrial relations, economics, academic social science research, aspects ... More
Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

Measurement: A Very Short Introduction  

David J. Hand

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Oct 2016
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10.1093/actrade/9780198779568.001.0001
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Measurement is a fundamental concept central to the sciences, social sciences, medicine, economics, government, and indeed also to everyday life. The history of measurement goes back to the ... More
7. Objectivity in numbers?

7. Objectivity in numbers?  

Stephen Gaukroger

in Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778216
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10.1093/actrade/9780199606696.003.0007
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‘Objectivity in numbers?’ considers the connection between objectivity and numerical presentation. Logical positivists believed that if scientific theories were to be truly objective, they ... More
3. Measurement in the physical sciences and engineering

3. Measurement in the physical sciences and engineering  

David J. Hand

in Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2016
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9780191824609
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10.1093/actrade/9780198779568.003.0003
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As new physical phenomena are discovered, new kinds of instruments have to be devised to measure them and old physical units are regularly redefined. It has also been necessary for ... More
2. What is measurement?

2. What is measurement?  

David J. Hand

in Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2016
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9780191824609
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10.1093/actrade/9780198779568.003.0002
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9780198779568
Measurement procedures can be placed on a continuum stretching from representational at one end to pragmatic at the other. Measurements in the physical sciences tend to have a heavier ... More

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