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Representation in Measurement

Vessonen, Elina (2021) Representation in Measurement. [Preprint]

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The Representational Theory of Measurement (RTM) is the best known account of the kind of representation measurement requires. However, RTM has been challenged from various angles, with critics claiming e.g. that RTM fails to account for actual measurement practice and that it is ambiguous about the nature of measurable attributes. In this paper I use the critical literature on RTM to formulate Representation Minimalism – a characterization of what measurement-relevant representation requires at the minimum. I argue that Representation Minimalism avoids the main problems with RTM while acknowledging its usefulness as the formal foundation of representation in measurement.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: Forthcoming in European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Representation; Measurement
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr Elina Vessonen
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2021 15:50
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2021 15:50
Item ID: 18860
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2021

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