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Measurement as Population‐Guided Estimation

J. D. Trout

in Measuring the Intentional World

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780195107661
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786152 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195107667.003.0002
 Measurement as Population‐Guided Estimation

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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

Chapter.  17945 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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