Bootstraps taxometrics. Solving the classification problem in psychopathology.

  title={Bootstraps taxometrics. Solving the classification problem in psychopathology.},
  author={Paul E. Meehl},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={50 4},
  • P. Meehl
  • Published 1 April 1995
  • Psychology
  • The American psychologist
Classification in psychopathology is a problem in applied mathematics; it answers the empirical question "Is the latent structure of these phenotypic indicator correlations taxonic (categories) or nontaxonic (dimensions, factors)?" It is not a matter of convention or preference. Two taxometric procedures, MAMBAC and MAXCOV-HITMAX, provide independent tests of the taxonic conjecture and satisfactorily accurate estimates of the taxon base rate, the latent means, and the valid and false-positive… 

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