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The Quantitative Study of National Character

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The fundamental concepts and methodologies of the quantitative study of national character are described with heuristic examples. The two major foundations of the quantitative study of national character are its interchronological and international comparative aspects, whose associated research methods are quite different. In the former case, time-series surveys are indispensable. Various problems concerning these surveys are discussed. In the latter case, a new method of "cultural link analysis" is developed. Through these two approaches, commonalities and differences, and universalities and particularities of national characters are explored. The statistical definition of national character on various levels is shown. Besides these theoretical considerations, the paper presents results from survey studies, based on cultural link analysis, in seven nations, encompassing the following groups: Americans, Dutch, English, French, Germans, Italians and Japanese (including Japanese Americans and non-Japanese Americans in Hawaii, and Japanese Brazilians in Brazil).

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Statistical Mathematics


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