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Maarten Buis <maartenlbuis@gmail.com> |

To |
statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

Subject |
Re: st: RE: Mean test in a Likert Scale |

Date |
Mon, 3 Sep 2012 11:27:00 +0200 |

On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM, Nick Cox wrote: > Econometricians' practice seems almost invariably looser than that -- > and a good thing too -- although the idea that an analysis is correct > or incorrect, and no shades of grey, still seems pervasive. What amuses me are the occasional reference to "correct models", which is just a contradiction in terms. A model is by definition a simplification of reality, and simplifying reality is really central to what a model is. If reality where so simple we could understand it without simplification we would not need a model. However, simplification is just another word for "wrong in some useful way". So a correct model either does not simplify and is thus not a model, or it is not as correct as the author thinks it is. -- Maarten --------------------------------- Maarten L. Buis WZB Reichpietschufer 50 10785 Berlin Germany http://www.maartenbuis.nl --------------------------------- * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: st: RE: Mean test in a Likert Scale***From:*Yuval Arbel <yuval.arbel@gmail.com>

**References**:**Re: st: RE: Mean test in a Likert Scale***From:*Ulrich Kohler <kohler@wzb.eu>

**Re: st: RE: Mean test in a Likert Scale***From:*Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>

**Re: st: RE: Mean test in a Likert Scale***From:*Ulrich Kohler <kohler@wzb.eu>

**Re: st: RE: Mean test in a Likert Scale***From:*Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>

**Re: st: RE: Mean test in a Likert Scale***From:*Yuval Arbel <yuval.arbel@gmail.com>

**Re: st: RE: Mean test in a Likert Scale***From:*Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>

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