The process of developing an adequate measure of segregation occupied the literature for over a decade and culminated in the widespread use of the Index of Dissimilarity. The inadequacies of this index, although identified by the Duncans (1955), remain with us and largely have come to be ignored. This research further explores the difficulties pertaining to limitations in the use and interpretation of the Index of Dissimilarity, demonstrates some of the systematic biases resulting from these inadequacies and provides a mathematical refinement which overcomes some of the major problems inherent in the use of this index.
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