"S. F. Thomas" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> See my comment on the use of a degree scale vs the use of a yes/no
> response for purposes of evaluating calibrational propositions in my
> response to Joe Pfeiffer in this thread. To repeat briefly:
> come whole, not in degrees, and the calibrational question should
> in my opinion reflect that, if what we are attempting to do is to
> model actual language use. Having said that, I readily admit that our
> modeling can jump from meta-language to meta-meta-language if our
> experiments are designed to measure not subjects' own actual use, but
> rather their estimates of overall population use, which is what I
> a degree response captures. That is interesting too. But I think it
> better to start with the fundamental (the subject's own use), rather
> than with his estimate of behavior for the population as a whole ...
> let the modeler do that, rather than the subject.
But utterances do come in degrees -- that, to me, is the whole point.
When we say ``the water is pretty hot'' the ``pretty'' is qualifying
I'll agree that the questions should try to capture the subject's own
use -- but the question, ``on a scale of 0 to 10, to what extent would
you say Ringo is tall?'' seems like it would better capture it than
``is John tall? No, you're not allowed to say `sort of,' say yes or
-- Joseph J. Pfeiffer, Jr., Ph.D. Phone -- (505) 646-1605 Department of Computer Science FAX -- (505) 646-1002 New Mexico State University http://www.cs.nmsu.edu/~pfeiffer SWNMRSEF: http://www.nmsu.edu/~scifair
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