Data quality and modes of marriage: some holocultural evidence of systematic errors

Behavior Science Research Vol/Iss. 11 Published In Pages: 25-37
By Schaefer, James Michael, Evascu, Thomas L.


Authors explore the problem of data quality control, systematic error and spurious correlations possibly caused by systematic errors in global cross-cultural studies. They offer a solution (the use of control variables investigating potential sources of systematic error) and apply the technique to a cross-cultural study of the substantive correlates of societal organization and modes of marriage.


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Sample Used Coded Data Comment
World Ethnographic Sample (WES)Other ResearchersSome data from Ethnographic Atlas, Marsh (1967: Comparative Sociology); Murdoch and Morrow (1970) Ethnology

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