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    Quantitative methods III: Scales of measurement in quantitative human geography


    Brunsdon, Chris (2018) Quantitative methods III: Scales of measurement in quantitative human geography. Progress in Human Geography, 42 (4). pp. 610-621. ISSN 0309-1325

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    Abstract

    Stevens’ scales of measurement are often used in texts outlining statistical approaches for geographers. However, it is sometimes overlooked that these are not universally accepted, and indeed the theory surrounding them is contested. This progress report reviews the key ideas of these scales, and discusses a number of the problems they raise – most notably the fact that certain kinds of data are omitted. The value of an axiomatic approach to measurement scales and appropriate statistical techniques is then considered. The report concludes by considering further areas where these ideas may be developed.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: data type; measurement; statistical testing;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 13055
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132517717008
    Depositing User: Prof. Chris Brunsdon
    Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 15:33
    Journal or Publication Title: Progress in Human Geography
    Publisher: Sage
    Refereed: Yes
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