Thinking about measures and measurement

Burton-Jones, Andrew and Lee, Allen S. (2011). Thinking about measures and measurement. In: Ralph Sprague, Proceedings of the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science. 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Kauai, Hawaii, (). 4-7 January 2011. doi:10.1109/HICSS.2011.439

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Author Burton-Jones, Andrew
Lee, Allen S.
Title of paper Thinking about measures and measurement
Conference name 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Conference location Kauai, Hawaii
Conference dates 4-7 January 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Los Alamitos, CA United States
Publisher IEEE Computer Society Press
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1109/HICSS.2011.439
ISBN 9780769542829
ISSN 1530-1605
Editor Ralph Sprague
Total pages 10
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This essay situates measurement in its larger context. Relying on some basic concepts from formal logic, the essay shows that current conceptions of "measurement issues" comprise just a subset of the larger universe of issues concerning measurement. New issues, going beyond the current conceptions, are identified such as the need for attention also to be given to the measurement of relationships, not just the measurement of constructs. Our analysis of these issues has several ramifications for empirical research. In particular, it highlights the cascading or cumulative impacts that errors in measures and measurement have in successive building blocks of empirical scientific reasoning. Overall, the essay demonstrates the need for more emphasis to be placed on fundamental issues involved in measuring and measurement and provides a framework that can help researchers and reviewers consider and evaluate these efforts. Our arguments apply to all empirical research, whether quantitative or qualitative, confirmatory, or exploratory.
Keyword Atmospheric measurements
Current measurement
Measurement uncertainty
Particle measurements
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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