Comparison across the reference frame: Rotation of Galileo spaces with inconsistent objects. An example of comparison of use's perceptions and online legal policies
Hsieh, Raymond Jui Chun
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Clearly the choice of a reference frame has significant bearing on the result of any investigation, and choices of reference frames are of essential importance in science. But most researchers in cognitive and cultural processes have held lower expectations for the results of their work than for the work of the "physical" scientist. Woelfel (Woelfel, 1981; Woelfel, 1984; Woelfel, 1985; Woelfel, 1986; Woelfel, 1975; Woelfel, 1980; Woelfel, 1987a; Woelfel, 1987b; Woelfel, 1988) has confronted this disparity between physical and social science practice. He suggests that the apparent difference between social and physical phenomena result from differences in the procedures by which each are observed and analyzed. Based on this, Woelfel and several scholars (Woelfel & Gillham, 1977; Barnett & Woelfel, 1979; Woelfel & Woelfel, 1979; Barnett & Woelfel, 1982; Barnett & Woelfel, 1992; Barnett & Woelfel, 1992a; Woelfel, 1980; Woelfel & Danes, 1980; Woelfel & Saltiel, 1988; Woelfel & Fink, 1980) have developed a series of procedures (usually called The Galileo System(TM)) which standardize social science methodology in a way consistent with physical practice. This dissertation examines that comparison process and extends it to types of comparison not easily feasible with existing Galileo technologies. This dissertation demonstrates the solution to the problem of comparing datasets with different objects or concepts. In this dissertation, a software tool named CRD 1 Converter is created and treated as a juncture between Galileo and CATPAC that is a self-organizing artificial neural network computer program for analyzing text (Terra Research and Computing, 1994). The CRD Converter does vastly simplify the re-formatting of CRD files generated by CATPAC and intended for comparison in Galileo. Furthermore, this dissertation has successfully shown the ability to compare inconsistent concept/object sets in Galileo through CATPAC, and has solved a fundamental incompatibility problem between Galileo software and CATPAC software. With an example of comparison of users' perceptions and E-retailers' online legal policy statements, the dissertation provides a model of the procedures to follow in rotating inconsistent datasets. The results from the example give ample evidence that the solution to the problem of inconsistent objects is truly workable. 1 CRD stands for coordinates.