Notes on the History of Quantification in Sociology--Trends, Sources and Problems

@article{Lazarsfeld1961NotesOT,
  title={Notes on the History of Quantification in Sociology--Trends, Sources and Problems},
  author={P. Lazarsfeld},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1961},
  volume={52},
  pages={277 - 333}
}
  • P. Lazarsfeld
  • Published 1961
  • Sociology
  • Isis
  • THE three major nouns in the title of this paper are necessarily vague. Quantification in the social sciences includes mere counting, the development of classificatory dimensions and the systematic use of "social symptoms" as well as mathematical models and an axiomatic theory of measurement. The notion of history is ambiguous because some of these techniques evolved several hundred years ago while others were developed within the last few decades. Finally, there is no precise line between… CONTINUE READING
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