By Ramkrishna Mukherjee
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The pelvic or jaw bones) which are not definitely known to belong to a male or a female. , some cultural material in situ, like fragments of a dress worn exclusively by a male or a female) from which we can deduce the respective sexes of the persons they came from. , the prominence of the iliac crest in the pelvic bone) which are known to be particularly marked in one sex and not the other. Here we find an analogy to income cluster analysis and notice that the clusters are subsumed under known characteristics of the male and female classes.
In the context of classification, however, ''class" must be defined in a precise and, at the same time, comprehensive manner. " The families (specimens) exhibiting only the conjugal, parental-filial, and/or sibling relations among the family members will be regarded as forming the class of "nuclear families". " The characteristics that a set of specimens thus display may be treated as constant or as the variable properties of a common trait. " Under the second condition, on the other hand, the specimens will form mutually distinct but analogous classes according to the discerned variable properties of the trait.
Thus, so long as our focus of attention in conducting research is restricted to description or explanation on the basis of a theory or hypothesis, we are concerned with mere search for information or data. Each one of us, of course, may deal with different information sets in descriptive investigations, as illustrated by Robert Redfield and Oscar Lewis. We may also deal with different data sets in explanatory studies. In the latter event, the data sets may refer to the same data space for a set of homologous explanations, or to different data spaces (but all belonging to the same information space) for analogous sets of explanations.
Classification in Social Research by Ramkrishna Mukherjee