The use of more explicit and clearer definitions increase the reliability of a functional relationsh

The use of more explicit and clearer definitions increase the reliability of a functional relationsh

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The use of more explicit and clearer definitions increase the reliability of a  functional relationship or an event. We must clearly include the elements  which are part of the meaning and exclude the elements which are not a  part of the meaning. We must have explicit and precise boundaries on our  definitions. See diagram on meaning (Chapter 1 section 2. c. 4.). If the set  containing the elements to be measured changes, then any measure of the  “set” is also likely to vary. If reliability is “getting the same answer when  adding up a column of numbers multiple times,” then there must be some  clear way to distinguish which “numbers” are to be added up and which  are not, otherwise the answer will change. Operational/functional  definitions accomplish this end. For example, often there is substantial  disagreement over whether or not “punishment” works. The disagreement 
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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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