Scaling theory and the nature of measurement

  title={Scaling theory and the nature of measurement},
  author={William W. Rozeboom},
Among the foundational issues of scientific methodology, the theory of measurement enjoys a notable distinction namely, attention. For while most conceptual procedures in technical science still remain apallingly underexamined by serious metascience, a voluminous literature has formed around the topics of measurement and scaling, especially in the behavioral sciences of the past two decades. Moreover, the swelling chorus of these contributions has achieved a harmony which increasingly… 
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