Pathfinder stumbles over logic

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 102. Phipps Arabie replies to the rejoinder (see record 2006-06480-095) of Roger Schvaneveldt, Nancy Cooke, Don Dearholt, Francis T. Dorso, and James McDonald to the reply of Phipps Arabie (see record 2006-06480-094) to Schvaneveldt et al's comments (see record 2006-06480-093) on Arabie's review (see record 2006-06468-043) of the book, Pathfinder Associative Networks: Studies in Knowledge Organization edited by Schvaneveldt (1990). Arabie maintains that the “we” who “are all in trouble” pertains exclusively to the Pathfinder group, who, as demonstrated in my review, have consistently ignored the relevant literature of data analysis (and vice versa). Otherwise, the field appears not to have suffered unduly from my being “arbiter of logic,” in activities such as journal editor, associate editor for other journals, and frequent reviewer of manuscripts in the areas of data analysis where the Pathfinder group speciously claims to have new results. The group's persistent failure to publish in mainstream journals of data analysis (a) suggests that other editors and referees concur with my reasoning and (b) attests to the group's approach to science and publication. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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