Taxometric Analysis

@article{Ruscio2021TaxometricA,
  title={Taxometric Analysis},
  author={John Ruscio},
  journal={Criminal Justice and Behavior},
  year={2021},
  volume={34},
  pages={1588 - 1622}
}
  • J. Ruscio
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice and Behavior
Whether individual differences are treated as categorical or continuous has consequences for theory, assessment, classification, and research in criminal justice. Paul Meehl's (1995) taxometric method allows investigators to test between these two competing structural models. This article provides an overview of the method's inferential framework and data-analytic procedures. Because guidelines for implementing taxometric analyses and interpreting their results have received little research… 

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