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Managing Measures

Whether one is doing secondary analysis of existing data, or developing plans for a new data collection project, it is important to understand the range of choices researchers face in creating selecting, and managing measures.  This category offers a small number of brief articles that illustrate some of the important considerations, with a focus on measures connected to religion.  Naturally, these topics are just examples, and entire books have been written about many of them.  But through these examples, we can see how the measurement of concepts is carried out in the modern social science of religion, and make most effective use of the ARDA data.  The first dozen Managing Measures articles are:

Administration Methods
Age, Cohort, and Period Effects
Contingent Items
Data Dredging
Experiments
Independent and Dependent Variables
Oversampling
Post-Hoc Scales
Recoding
Relevance
Reuse of Existing Items
Time-Series Data

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