CRIM 220 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Theoretical Definition, Malice Aforethought, Observational Error

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Specifying precisely what we mean when we use particular terms. Can be 1 dimension or multiple (ex. whether offended acted alone) Constructs words used to represent conceptions (to communicate the conception to other peoples) Dimensions specifics aspects of a construct. Indicator show presence/absence of a dimension (due some kind of test, can be a simple yes or no to the dimensions) Conceptual definition working definition assigned to a construct. Original form of the hypothesis (identify constructs and variables on exams) Attributes or quantities or qualities that describe a variable. Able to classify every observation in terms of 1 of the attributes. Be able to classify every observation in terms of one and only one attribute. Qualitative labels that do not represent anything except differences among groups. Attributes are rank-ordered on a continuum; represent relatively more or less of the variables. No info about distances between the values.

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