The Logic of Inference: The Science of Uncertainty

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The Logic of Inference: The Science of Uncertainty

Describing and explaining social phenomena is a complex task. Box’s quote speaks to the point that it is a near impossible undertaking to fully explain such systems—physical or social—using a set of models. Yet even though these models contain some error, the models nevertheless assist with illuminating how the world works and advancing social change.

The competent quantitative researcher understands the balance between making statements related to theoretical understanding of relationships and recognizing that our social systems are of such complexity that we will always have some error. The key, for the rigorous researcher, is recognizing and mitigating the error as much as possible.

As a graduate student and consumer of research, you must recognize the error that might be present within your research and the research of others.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Search for and select a quantitative article that interests you and that has social change implications.
  • As you read the article, reflect on George Box’s quote in the introduction for this Discussion.
  • For additional support, review the Skill Builder: Independent and Dependent Variables.

Post a very brief description (1–3 sentences) of the article you found and address the following:

  1. Describe how you think the research in the article is useful (e.g., what population is it helping? What problem is it solving?).
  2. Using Y=f(X) +E notation, identify the independent and dependent variables.
  3. How might the research models presented be wrong? What types of error might be present in the reported research?

Be sure to support your Main Post and Response Post with reference to the Learning Resources and other scholarly evidence in APA Style.

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Quantitative Study on the Condom-Use Behavior of Eighteen to Twenty-Four-Year-Old Urban



The study was initiated through a condom promotion program for urban males so as to
assess and identify condom-use barriers. Both the qualitative and quantitative method was used
on the study participants that were recruited from street intercepts and hangout spots to identify
the baseline survey regarding their condom-use behavior.
This research helped greatly in contributing to the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS
and other STI’s, as the study among the urban males not only helped them identify the
importance of condom use but it also helped enlighten them on the many consequences of not
using condoms and refraining from having unsafe sex. Also through the study the ...

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