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Limitations of Statistics

William F. Ogburn
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 40, No. 1 (Jul., 1934), pp. 12-20
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2768449
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Abstract

Zeal for statistics sometimes blinds one to its limitations as an instrument of discovery, as a form of language, as a contributor to understanding, as a device for holding factors constant, and as an aid in constructing a composite account; as well as its obvious limitations in fields where the social sciences deal with the unique.

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