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  • Methodological issues when interpreting changes in social phenomena over time : perceptions of relative difference, absolute difference, and time distance
    Prevodnik, Katja, 1985- ; Vehovar, Vasja
    When comparing social science phenomena through a time perspective, absolute and relative difference (RD) are the two typical presentation formats used to communicate interpretations to the audience, ... while time distance (TD) is the least frequently used of such formats. This article arguesthat the chosen presentation format is extremely important because thevarious formats suggest different substantive interpretations. To elaborate upon this issue, researchers from the National Statistical Office, National Health Institute, and general academia were invited to participate in an experiment with alternative presentation formats that describe changes in certain social science phenomena over time. The results revealed a prevailing tendency of respondents to rely on interpretations related to absolute differences, which was additionally reinforced with graphical presentation formats. Therefore, whenever RD or TD is more proper for substantive interpretations, the corresponding presentation format must be designed with special attention.
    Source: Sociological methods & research. - ISSN 0049-1241 (Vol. 52, no. 2, May 2023, str. 803-840)
    Type of material - article, component part ; adult, serious
    Publish date - 2023
    Language - english
    COBISS.SI-ID - 36686941

source: Sociological methods & research. - ISSN 0049-1241 (Vol. 52, no. 2, May 2023, str. 803-840)
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