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Sorting principles into related sets


The data from this test yielded no conclusive results. At the same time, the data provide some information which might be used to revise the existing patterns. The findings from this test can be summarized as: subjects tend to group based on surface similarities, a few subjects appeared to group based on higher level relations, but this may be attributed to chance. By surface similarities we refer to groups created based on key words in the principle text, such as color coding, wording, layout. Many of the groups parallel those identified by the researchers in their initial grouping which also was based on surface similarities. Time may also have been a factor in the result; the subjects where only given 15 minutes to complete each set, the subjects were asked to name their groups with the 'feature' they saw as the relation between principles.

Michael Spring
Mon Nov 27 18:39:52 EST 1995