Qualitative leverage and the epistemology of expert opinion

Sanford C. Gordon, Alastair Smith

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    Abstract

    We discuss the motivation for integrating qualitative information in statistical models of complex, partially observable causal mechanisms and suggest ways to minimize the dangers posed by Braumoeller and Kirpichevsky. We stress the importance of linking our statistical estimators to underlying theories of the data generating process, qualitative or otherwise.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)280-291
    Number of pages12
    JournalPolitical Analysis
    Volume13
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2005

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations

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