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II. Generality Maximization  Information which is undependable is not a fact. To say something is a fact  is to say that it can be made to reoccur or be replicated, i.e., it must be  reliable to be a fact. We know that if we follow a key peck with food then  the response rate will increase. This effect occurs each time we do it. To  say something is applicable is to say the information applies to a new  situation of interest or that it generalizes to a new situation. This is  referred to as external validity. Not only will following a key peck with food  increase its rate, but following fist fights with cheers will increase their  rate. In addition to reliability then, it is necessary that functional  relationships or knowledge have generality. Information which is not  repeatable or does not generalize to other situations is worthless. The test 
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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