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  Operational definition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An operational definition is a description of something — such as a variable, term or object — in terms of the specific process or set of validation tests used to determine its presence and quantity.
Operational definitions are at their most controversial in the field of psychology, where intuitive concepts, such as intelligence need to be operationally defined before they become amenable to scientific investigation, for example, through processes such as IQ tests.
Such definitions are used as a follow up to a conceptual definition, in which the specific concept is defined as a measurable occurrence.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Operational_definition   (2149 words)

 Conceptual definition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A conceptual definition is an element of the scientific research process, in which a specific concept is defined as a measurable occurrence.
Examples of ideas that are often conceptually defined include intelligence, knowledge, tolerance, and preference.
Following the establishment of a conceptual definition, the researcher must use an operational definition to indicate how the abstract concept will be measured.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Conceptual_definition   (116 words)

 Thinking about theories and studies together   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Ideally the conceptual definition should be a simple definition which defines the theoretical construct for all experiments, in practice in psychology conceptual definitions are examples of the theoretical construct.
Often the conceptual definition is a definition of the theoretical construct which is meaningful in the context.
Thus in biopsychology the theoretical construct ‘arousal’, might be given the conceptual definition for the purposes of an experiment of ‘increases in nervous system activity’, which is further specified for practical measurement purposes as ‘average of 10 readings on a heart rate monitor’.
www.sar.bolton.ac.uk /ltl/Workbooks/ex_p9.htm   (908 words)

 Definition of Adventure Travel: Conceptual Framework.../ May, 1997
Definition (e) has a similar response with a total of 87.6% of the respondents either strongly agreeing (34.8%, 62) or agreeing (52.8%, 94) with this definition.
Definition (g) with fewer negative responses of 20.2% (36) disagreed and 15.7% (28) undecided, shares a similar response as definitions (d) and (f).
Definition (a), with 78.1% of the respondents providing negative responses (disagree: 51.1%, 91 and strongly disagree: 27.0%, 48), is apparently not commonly used in describing adventure travel.
www.hotel-online.com /Neo/Trends/AsiaPacificJournal/AdventureTravel.html   (6449 words)

 Spin and Counter-spin: Governance through Terrorism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Definition in a world of spirits: It is useful to recognize the evolution of definition from the period when shamans provided the principal means of defining the reality of the world -- through their secret understanding of the magical world of spirits, revealed in trance.
Definition in the intelligence community: The recent past has however seen increasing prominence given to privileged definition by the "intelligence services" on the basis of their particular interpretation of evidence obtained in secret by secret means and at "whatever the cost" (assisted by scientifically enhanced skills of interrogation).
Conceptual gerrymandering may also be observed in the approach by governments to "nongovernmental" bodies that have so successfully protested government and multinational "globalization" initiatives to undermining the determination of peoples to express their will through democratic process.
www.laetusinpraesens.org /docs/spingov.php   (10039 words)

 Précis, Monthly Labor Review Online, January 2003
The traditional definition of disability, they point out, is basically a medical diagnosis of a physical or mental abnormality.
A second conceptual basis Kruse and Hale identify for defining a disability is economic.
Such definitions are often found in the implementation of income support programs on the policy side and in survey questionnaires on the research side.
www.bls.gov /opub/mlr/2003/01/precis.htm   (881 words)

 Week 3 Lecture Notes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A circular definition defines a concept in terms of itself so that no real information is given about the meaning of the concept.
Conceptual definition: Support for capital punishment means favoring the death penalty as a punishment for criminals convicted of certain crimes.
Conceptual definition: Political trust means the belief that public officials are honest and competent.
www.uccs.edu /~pkeilbac/courses/methods/lectures/week3.html   (1563 words)

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Conceptualization: the process of carefully and precisely specifying what we mean when we use a term (Babbie; Schutt, 65); creating working agreements; the refinement and specification of abstract concepts so we can measure them.
Conceptualization results in a nominal or conceptual definition.
It is taking the operational definitions of all the concepts you want to include in your survey and designing a procedure and instrument to use those operational definitions.
academic.bowdoin.edu /courses/s02/soc201/handoutnumber26.shtml   (2557 words)

 Chapter 3 answers
This explanation and all of the constructs it refers to are abstract — their existence is only as real and concrete as the thoughts you have while you watch a seagull soar past on a stiff breeze.
A conceptual definition tells what your constructs are by elplaining how they are related to other constructs.
Since the specification of essential qualities as part of a conceptual definition tells exactly what the concept means, it gives some very good clues about how the concept could be measured in a most straightforward way.
www.sfu.ca /~richards/Zen/Pages/Chap3.htm   (1559 words)

 LS-IS: Meta-MIS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The objective of the project is to develop a tool-based method for the integrated conceptual definition of a MIS and its technical realisation.
Especially the conceptual definition of MIS (Who needs what information for what purpose?) and the integration of the conceptual definition phase and the technical realisation phase are not solved in a satisfactory manner.
The integration of conceptual MIS definition and technical realisation will be reached by relating the meta-data of the used data warehouse to the conceptual information of the Meta-MIS-Tool, which is also meta-data (contents defining meta-data) of the MIS.
www.wi.uni-muenster.de /is/projekte/Meta-MIS   (1266 words)

 Conceptual Graph Interchange Format
Definition: A pair c=(R,g) where R shall be either a defining label or a set of zero or more references, and g shall be a conceptual graph that is said to be directly contained in c.
Definition: A triple g=(C,R,A), where C is a set of concepts, R is a set of conceptual relations, and A is the set of arcs that shall consist of all and only those arcs that occur in the arc sequence of some conceptual relation in R.
Definition: A pair r=(m,n) where n is a CG name and m is a marker that shall designate a constant or a bound label.
www.jfsowa.com /cg/annexb.htm   (7614 words)

 The Definition of Conceptual Art
But conceptual art matters for us, as I understand it, because conceptual art melds with language to create something more than the commodity of traditional art for which people will pay lots of money.
Because much of the visual work we do in sociology is conceptual, that is, the ideas expressed and communicated carry more weight than the work as a commodity (unless it's TV or film, in which case my confusion starts all over again), I wanted to explore conceptual art with you.
I think that much of the difficulty with conceptual art, at least for me, is that people like Joseph Beuys were so angry about the distortion of art as a commodity that they were determined that one should have to think, without realizing that many of us have not been exposed to the same concepts.
www.csudh.edu /dearhabermas/conart01.htm   (1068 words)

 Operational Definitions
Conceptual definitions define a concept by means of other concepts, making them difficult to measure.
For example, a conceptual definition of a serial publication is that it is issued in successive parts at regular intervals and intended to be continued indefinitely.
It is easy to develop definitions that are easily operational, but which lack meaning and appropriateness.
web.utk.edu /~wrobinso/540_lec_opdefs.html   (371 words)

 A conceptual modelling for the GIS developing
It may be useful for trying to fix a general conceptual definition of GIS and for providing a global schema of territorial information systems according to which heterogeneous GIS can be compared and integrated.
Developing a conceptual modelling of a GIS means conceptualising and formalising, at least, the first two worlds bound to the system functional requirements: the Subject World and the System World.
The semantic model is easier than a conceptual one because it introduces some assumptions -related to the hardware environment- on the physical implementation of the conceptual schema.
libraries.maine.edu /Spatial/gisweb/spatdb/egis/eg94102.html   (2262 words)

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A conceptual definition describes a concept by relating it to other abstract concepts.
An operational definition, on the other hand, describes a concept in terms of observable or measurable characteristics or behaviors, by specifying how the concept can be observed in actual practice in the real world.
However, operational definitions rarely capture completely all the dimensions of sophisticated concepts When many observable characteristics are included in an operational definition, you, as a researcher, must decide which ones are more essential than others for defining the abstract concept.
www.uky.edu /CommInfoStudies/JAT/ISC/chike/isc321/4LectureNotes.doc   (1675 words)

 Definition and conceptual development (from war crime) --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Definition and conceptual development (from war crime) --  Encyclopædia Britannica
The definition can also be broadened to include guerrillas, members of insurgencies, fighters in resistance movements, civilians who take up arms, and nonmilitary persons who accompany the armed forces—such as civilian supply contractors, war correspondents, and...
Learn the definition and the impact dyslexia has on the lives of people who suffer from it.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-224686   (846 words)

 Conceptual Graph Examples
Conceptual graphs are formally defined in an abstract syntax that is independent of any notation, but the formalism can be represented in several different concrete notations.
For the formal definition of conceptual graphs and the various notations for representing them, see the draft proposed American National Standard.
Conceptual relations are represented by circles or ovals: the conceptual relation (On) relates a cat to a mat.
users.bestweb.net /~sowa/cg/cgexampw.htm   (2131 words)

 Measurement in Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Sometimes, the researcher pushes the envelope by coming up with a novel conceptual definition, but such initiatives are rare and require the researcher to have intimate familiarity with the topic.
Conceptualization is often guided by the theoretical framework, perspective, or approach the researcher is committed to.
If you were to use legalistic definitions, then it's your duty to provide what is called an auxiliary theory, which is a justification for the research utility of legal hair-splitting (as in why less or more than $150 is of theoretical significance).
faculty.ncwc.edu /toconnor/308/308lect04.htm   (2463 words)

 Conceptual Social Ecology
In an electronic format, "Conceptual Social Ecology" presents a number of facets of Social Ecology: its current definition and basic assumptions, its founding scientific presentations, its evolution as an organizational unit within the University of California, Irvine, and its approach to research on contemporary problems of the social and physical environments.
The authors of the distinctive definitions of Social Ecology are Daniel Stokols, Thomas Crawford and Dave Taylor.
The strength of this approach is that it builds a common conceptual framework which serves as a comprehensive organizing construct for research that transcends separate disciplinary theoretical and methodological orientations.
www.seweb.uci.edu /cse/cse.html   (10554 words)

 BBG Bulletin Board :: The Five Dimensions Of Man -- A Commentary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Once again, when this conceptual plane is moved, it adopts a further dimension, and becomes a 3-dimensional mass, an array of infinite planes (graph 3).
It is of note here that by definition, a conceptual higher dimensional object, includes an infinite number of the conceptual objects of lower dimensions within it, yet it itself is not infinite by any means.
A "Human" 5D object is a conceptual "piece of our lives" which consists of both the quality of a certain length of "normal" time existence, as well as a certain range of possibilities of an infinite amount of "parallel" dimensions.
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 Definition and conceptual development (from war crime) --  Britannica Concise Encyclopedia - The online encyclopedia ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
For example, the Lieber Code held that it was a “serious breach of the law of war to force the subjects of the enemy into service for the victorious government” and prohibited “wanton violence committed against persons in the invaded country,” including rape, maiming, and murder, all of which carried the penalty of death.
More recently, definitions of war crimes have been codified in international statutes, such as those creating the International Criminal Court and the war crimes tribunals in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, for use in international war crimes tribunals.
In contrast to earlier definitions, modern definitions are more expansive and criminalize certain behaviours committed by civilians as well as by military personnel.
www.britannica.com /ebc/article-224686   (1177 words)

 Chapter 2 answers
For example, the definition "violent movies are movies in which there are scenes of kicking, stabbing, clubbing, choking, hitting, slapping, shooting, and smashing" is not a good conceptual definition because it lists many activities that are not essential and it fails to describe the essential qualities.
The specification of essential qualities is the most important part of a conceptual definition because it does two very important things: 1) It tells what the concept means so clearly that you can tell whether or not something is an example of the concept.
The problem is that the conceptual summary is so easy to use and so much more convenient than giving a long discussion of the ideas in the concept, that researchers may begin to think of the concept as a real thing, when it is actually just an idea and a few words.
www.sfu.ca /~richards/Zen/Pages/Chap2.htm   (1316 words)

 Ilustrative Weekly Strategic Log   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A clear conceptual definition ensures that all interested parties know exactly how the concept is being defined.
A possible operational definition would be: “Persons are considered homeless if they have involuntarily spent four or more consecutive days in a public area.” The purpose of an operational definition is to be as specific as possible so that those interested in a given study will know exactly what was measured.
I gave special attention to trying to identify the author's treatment of the principal conceptual definitions that she had built into her argument in the chapter and how they seem to affect the characteristics of behavior related to the homeless issue.
www.nvgc.vt.edu /kronenberg/illustrative_strategic_log.htm   (1122 words)

 Integrated, Customer Driven, Conceptual Design Method
Conceptual design of a new product, which satisfies market needs economically, has always been the highlight of the engineering profession, especially in modern industry which struggles to succeed in a global, competitive market.
Conceptual design takes place very early in the design process, under pressure, and must usually be accomplished within a short time which tend to result in many late engineering design changes.
The participants will be able to improve their ability to initiate and to define new needs, they will have learnt methods for the engineering design of new, high quality and competitive products and they will have learnt how to initiate and manage development of new products which satisfy a real customer need.
www.unisa.edu.au /seec/people/AMI/trnprgms/icdm.html   (608 words)

 Fathom :: The Source for Online Learning
While civil society is a somewhat contested concept, definitions typically vary in the emphasis they put on some characteristics of civil society over others; some definitions primarily focus on aspects of state power, politics and individual freedom, and others more on economic functions and notions of social capital and cohesion.
The definition proposed here would represent essential conceptual aspects of civil society, but not claim to capture and measure civil society either as a totality or in all its aspects.
This is so because the definition only specifies voluntary action and common purpose as constituting characteristics, but establishes neither the limit nor the intent of such purpose, nor does it privilege some over others.
www.fathom.com /feature/122552   (2122 words)

 Modeling Generalization   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A conceptual superclass definition is more general or encompassing than a subclass definition.
All the members of a conceptual subclass set are members of their superclass set.
A conceptual subclass should be a member of the set of the superclass.
www.augustana.ab.ca /~mohrj/courses/2003.fall/csc220/lecture_notes/generalization.html   (444 words)

 Pol 310 Problem Set 3   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
For the phenomenon you are trying to explain (i.e., the dependent variable), provide a conceptual definition for the concept.
For that conceptual definition, provide two distinct operational definitions and the indicators (rules for observation) for each.
Be sure to discuss briefly how, a) each operational definition reflects the conceptual definition, and, b) how the indicators relate to the operational definition.
www.mnstate.edu /baumannp/Pol310/ProbSets/310ps3.htm   (387 words)

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