Carlo Chiorri ‘s Psychometric Pages

May 1, 2008

The Way of the Psychometrician

Filed under: Uncategorized — chiorri @ 4:49 pm

Although it stands to reason that a psychometrician should be mindful of the Way of the Psychometrician, it would seem that we are all negligent. Consequently, if someone were to ask, “What is Psychometrics for?” the person who would be able to answer promptly is rare. This is because it has not been established in one’s mind beforehand. From this, one’s unmindfulness of the Way can be known.

Negligence is an extreme thing.

The Way of the Psychometrician is found in proper data analysis. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of the right statistical test. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. To say that performing research without reaching one’s aim is to die a dog’s death is the frivolous way of sophisticates. When pressed with the choice of publish or not publish, it is not necessary to gain one’s aim. We all want to publish.

Once Master Carlo Pruneti said the psychometricians are even more head-shrinkers than all other psychologists. There is actually no psychological construct than cannot be measured by adequate measurement procedures. And in large part we make our logic according to what we want to measure. But not having attained our aim and continuing to pretend we did is cowardice. This is a thin dangerous line. To develop a test without reaching adequate reliability and validity is a dog’s death and fanaticism. But there is no shame in this. This is the substance of the Way of the Psychometrician. If by setting one’s heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his hypotheses were already confirmed, he pains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his research project. This principle applies to all things.

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