By Kevin A. Clarke
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As assumption evaluation cannot be determinative (all models feature false or nonveriﬁable assumptions) and as multiple models are tested individually (284), the method boils down to deductive predictions and tests. Unlike Green and Shapiro, however, Morton does not advocate a strict version of falsiﬁcationism and notes that single disconﬁrming tests are rarely decisive. 4 The Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models The EITM research initiative is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to develop formal models that are tested with data.
In addition, any number of auxiliary hypotheses concerning measurement, identiﬁcation, ceteris paribus The Science in Political Science 41 clauses, the functional form, or the error term could be responsible for the refutation. 8 “Underdetermination” refers to the logical truth that for any ﬁnite collection of evidence, there are inﬁnitely many inconsistent hypotheses entailing that evidence. Thus, conﬁrming that an observation sentence is true in the world does not conﬁrm the hypothesis. To revisit our previous example, the hypotheses “the bus has already gone” and “today is a holiday” have exactly the same empirical implication: the bus does not show up.
We must choose the correct functional form or try to interpret the more limited information obtained from a nonparametric approach. Empirical or data models are the subject of chapter 5; sufﬁce it to say here that determining the truth value of a prediction is often quite difﬁcult. It is possible that the intuitive appeal of the H-D method outweighs the shortcomings we have been discussing. Before we decide on H-D as the Scientiﬁc Method for political science, we discuss additional problems with the account.
A model discipline: political science and the logic of representations by Kevin A. Clarke