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Disambiguating Latent Variables

Hood, S. Brian (2016) Disambiguating Latent Variables. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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In contrast to Borsboom (2008) who distinguishes between manifest and latent variables on epistemic grounds in terms of “epistemic accessibility,” I advocate a demarcation on pragmatic grounds. The latter way of understanding this distinction does justice to the intuitions driving Borsboom’s account, but avoids unnecessary epistemic complications. I then turn to two cases, the Flynn Effect and the case of psycho-educational assessment, and show an equivocal understanding of one latent variable, Spearman’s g, has led some researchers to draw paradoxical conclusions regarding cognitive ability.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Hood, S. Briansbriandhood@gmail.com
Keywords: psychometrics, measurement, models
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Dr. S. Brian Hood
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2016 16:54
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2016 16:54
Item ID: 12550
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Date: August 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12550

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