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For the 1st time, this booklet unites diverse algebraic techniques for discrete optimization and operations study. The presentation of a few primary instructions of this new speedy constructing region exhibits the big variety of its applicability. in particular, the ebook comprises contributions within the following fields: semigroup and semiring concept utilized to combinatorial and integer programming, community stream concept in ordered algebraic constructions, extremal optimization difficulties, decomposition rules for discrete constructions, Boolean tools in graph thought and functions.

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In this way, a chain of evidence is maintained from raw empirical material via codes and categories to theoretical statements about the material. Such statements take the form of proposed relations between abstract categories, and, to further scientific debate, these can then be likened to existing theories. Pursuing this procedure consistently, naturalistic inquiry opens up to exposure to a broader academic community – and thus to outside verification. Second, naturalistic inquiry promotes the simultaneous use of different data collection methods.

This type of study, although valuable in its own right, is usually not of central interest in naturalistic inquiry. The research problem there would be of a different nature. Rather than investigating the statistical distribution of poverty, you would be interested in poverty as a social phenomenon and as a social process; in other words, as a property not of individual attainment per se, but of the quality of social relations. Thus, you would be interested in appreciating the societal conditions under which poverty arises and under which it is experienced.

However, that is not the stance of this book. Whereas it may be true that nowadays naturalistic researchers have developed a preference for applying qualitative methods and their colleagues from positivism feel drawn to quantitative methods, this is not a necessary relation. Nor is it a logical one. Quality and quantity are two logically independent dimensions of empirical research: one is about the qualities or properties or attributes of the object under study – like age, social class, or the colour of someone’s dress – whereas the other is about the scale on which these properties are measured – like number of years; lower-middle-higher class; blueness.

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