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NCJ Number: 52006 Find in a Library
Title: IDENTIFICATION, PARAMETER ESTIMATION, AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING IN RECURSIVE SOCIOLOGICAL MODELS (FROM STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, 1973, BY ARTHUR S GOLDBERGER AND OTIS D DUNCAN - SEE NCJ-52004)
Author(s): K C LAND
Corporate Author: Seminar Press, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Russell Sage Foundation
New York, NY 10065
Seminar Press, Inc
New York, NY 10003
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: STANDARD THEORIES OF IDENTIFICATION, PARAMETER ESTIMATION, AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING ARE SPECIALIZED TO THE CLASS OF RECURSIVE MODELS WITH INDEPENDENT DISTURBANCES WHICH HAVE BEEN WIDELY APPLIED IN SOCIOLOGY.
Abstract: CERTAIN GENERAL FEATURES CHARACTERIZE TYPICAL APPLICATIONS OF SIMULTANEOUS EQUATION MODELS IN SOCIOLOGY: (1) MODELS USUALLY CONSIST OF A SET OF EQUATIONS THAT POSSESS A RANDOM DISTURBANCE OR ERROR TERM TO SUMMARIZE THE INFLUENCE OF UNMEASURED OR UNKNOWN VARIABLES ON THE MECHANISM OF INTEREST; (2) VARIABLES OF SOCIOLOGICAL MODELS ARE TYPICALLY NOT FUNCTIONS OF TIME; (3) MOST MODELS RULE OUT TWO-WAY CAUSATION AMONG SYSTEM VARIABLES; (4) MOST SIMULTANEOUS EQUATION MODELS ARE LINEAR IN VARIABLES AND DISTURBANCES; (5) MOST SOCIOLOGICAL MODELS IMPOSE THE ASSUMPTION THAT DISTURBANCE TERMS ARE CONTEMPORANEOUSLY INDEPENDENT; AND (6) IT IS ASSUMED GENERALLY THAT SYSTEM VARIABLES ARE MEASURED WITHOUT ERROR. ISSUES OF CONCERN IN SIMULTANEOUS EQUATION MODELS ARE IDENTIFICATION, PARAMETER ESTIMATION, AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING. SUPPORTING EQUATIONS AND EXAMPLES THAT ILLUSTRATE SUBSTANTIVE APPLICATIONS OF SIMULTANEOUS EQUATION MODELS ARE GIVEN. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Analysis; Evaluation; Evaluation techniques; Mathematical modeling; Research; Sociology; Theory
Note: REVISION OF A PAPER PRESENTED AT A CONFERENCE COSPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL AND THE SOCIAL SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON, NOV 12-16, 1970
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