Quantification is Neither Necessary Nor Sufficient for Measurement

TitleQuantification is Neither Necessary Nor Sufficient for Measurement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMari, L, Maul, A, Torres Irribarra, D, Wilson, M
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume459
Pagination012007
Abstract

Being an infrastructural, widespread activity, measurement is laden with stereotypes. Some of these concern the role of measurement in the relation between quality and quantity. In particular, it is sometimes argued or assumed that quantification is necessary for measurement; it is also sometimes argued or assumed that quantification is sufficient for or synonymous with measurement. To assess the validity of these positions the concepts of measurement and quantitative evaluation should be independently defined and their relationship analyzed. We contend that the defining characteristic of measurement should be the structure of the process, not a feature of its results. Under this perspective, quantitative evaluation is neither sufficient nor necessary for measurement.

URLhttp://stacks.iop.org/1742-6596/459/i=1/a=012007
Presentation or Publication date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013