New PDF release: A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative

By Gary Goertz

ISBN-10: 0691149704

ISBN-13: 9780691149707

ISBN-10: 0691149712

ISBN-13: 9780691149714

Some within the social sciences argue that an identical common sense applies to either qualitative and quantitative tools. In A story of 2 Cultures, Gary Goertz and James Mahoney reveal that those paradigms represent diverse cultures, every one internally coherent but marked by means of contrasting norms, practices, and toolkits. They determine and speak about significant variations among those traditions that contact approximately each point of social technology examine, together with layout, objectives, causal results and versions, innovations and size, information research, and case choice. even though involved in the diversities among qualitative and quantitative learn, Goertz and Mahoney additionally search to advertise toleration, alternate, and studying by means of allowing students to imagine past their very own tradition and spot an alternate clinical worldview. This publication is written in an simply available type and lines a bunch of real-world examples to demonstrate methodological points.

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Using the minimum with the logical AND also works perfectly well for dichotomous variables. To state the very obvious: Multiplication is not the same as using the minimum. Differences such as this are at the heart of our two cultures argument. Multiplication in statistical analysis and the logical AND in set-theoretic analysis are analogous, but they are not the same mathematical procedure. Moreover, one procedure is not somehow inherently superior to the other. They are merely different ways to aggregate data.

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