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Taxometric Analysis
Taxometric Analysis
David K. Marcus Alyssa L. Norris

A basic question that can be asked about any individual difference variable is whether it describes a dimension or a type. Some differences exist on a continuum, so that even though there are tall people and short people, few would conceive of height as a dichotomy. In contrast, other differences such as biological sex are dichotomous or taxonic. Taxonic and dimensional constructs differ in a variety of fundamental ways, and knowledge about the latent structure (dimensional or taxonic) of a construct can inform how that construct is conceptualized, defined, and assessed. However, throughout much of the history of psychology the question of traits (i.e., dimensions) ...

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