Analyse & Kritik

Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory


"Gerhard Arminger"

Titel: Methode, Statistik und Modell in den Sozialwissenschaften
Autor: Gerhard Arminger
Seite: 3-36

"Was sich überhaupt sagen lä ßt, lä ßt sich klar sagen; und wovon man nicht reden kann, darüber mu ß man schweigen."
(Wittgenstein: Vorrede zum Tractatus logico - philosophicus)

Abstract: The relationship between methods, statistics and models in the social sciences is discussed. New models generalizing commonly used linear models to deal with qualitative and ordinal data are introduced; their basic similarity to linear models is pointed out. Rate models and stochastic linear differential equations to model social processes in continuous time are mentioned. The implications of weak substantial theory and the correct use of statistical significance tests for any kind of model are demonstrated.

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