Approximate Precision. Theoretic Foundations and Practical Possibilities for the Definition of Historical Sources as Products of 'Fuzzy' Systems

Manfred Thaller
The distrust many historians show when confronted with the results of quantitative studies is partially related to the experience, that many decisions which go into the preparation of historical sources for quantitative analysis are much more definite and final than the many uncertainties surrounding the meaning of terminology and statements in such sources actually justify. This is correct, but it is directed at the current stage of statistical studies, not at the nature of quantitative...
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