Social Research Glossary

 

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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-17, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/socialresearch/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 2 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2017.

 

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Set theory


core definition

Set theory is a mathematical approach in whch a set is a group of elements with a common property.


explanatory context

Set theory refers to one of the foundations of mathematicalthinking.A set is defined as a group of elements that can be specified bya common property (which might simply be that they all appear in agiven list).

 

Although a set is defined concretely, the concept of set is an abstraction and set theory is the mathematical discipline of studying the general properties of abstract sets.

 

Set theory underpins much of the use of mathematics in the social sciences. In these circumstances a social phenomenon usually defines a set.


analytical review


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

probability


Sources


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