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Last year I hit my New Year’s resolution of writing 3 blog posts, but just barely. I think this year is going to be very similar. I’ve written 1 out of 3 blog posts, ahhh! Mid-November means I better get hustling.
There is a lot of writing I do for my research that never ends up seeing the light of day. And that’s a shame because the perfectionist in me agonized over it just the same. A lot of this cast-aside writing is the result of trying to teach myself about topics or methods that are already well-accepted and known. So, nothing novel that deserves publication, really…
… but it makes great blog post material! It seems to be reaching people as well, and that is cool. From my blog analytics, I can see that certain posts seem to be particularly handy from mid-October to early November. Hmmm… intro statistics, machine learning, or math stats midterms, methinks? Anyhow, here’s another lil’ ditty along those same lines. Yes, I am phoning in these last few blog posts of the year.
This blog post is about how we translate real-world phenomena into numbers that we can gain insight from. In other words, measurement! I think that measurement is both widely taken for granted and still hotly debated on several fronts. Measurement is something that has been around for much of human history in different forms, yet also something that is presently at the forefront of modern psychological and medical sciences (think patient-reported outcome measures, etc.) An interesting topic with a rich history, to say the least.
I’m going to focus specifically on different ways of classifying measurements that we commonly see in statistics. These classifications are not always widely accepted and, again, the source of debate in some cases. I also probably won’t get everything right. But it’s useful to think about what implications measurement carries for analysis, interpretation, and beyond. Hopefully, this inspires you to dig deeper into this topic! And if you disagree, promptly locate the comments section at the bottom of this page.Continue reading Minor musings on measurement