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The Uses and Misuses of Data and Models
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The Uses and Misuses of Data and Models
The Mathematization of the Human Sciences

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July 1998 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
There can be no question that the amount of `human information' in our culture has increased by leaps and bounds. At the same time, discussion of values, norms and purpose is often missing from the discourse of social research - especially by those who work within the positivist framework. The authors of this book develop principles that can guide the use of data and models in the human sciences. Writing as scholars who are at home with empirical and mathematical social science, yet taking seriously the critiques of this heritage, they propose ways of developing norms without becoming subjective.
 
PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS
 
Oracles, Norms and Science
 
Modeling
 
Dreams and Disappointments
 
PART TWO: THE INFORMATION CYCLE
 
A Priori Influences on the Information Cycle
 
Measurement of Human Information
 
Limitations of Measurement in the Social Sciences
 
Information for Inferences
What Are Social Science Data?  
 
Causality
 
Models and Policy Making

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