Robinson sent shock waves through the sociological and public opinion research professions with his seminal article describing the ecological fallacy
1983 "The ecological fallacy
revisited: Aggregate- versus individual-level findings on economics, elections, and sociotropic voting.
There may well be a cultural reason for the fact that the ecological fallacy
is usually recognized and avoided, but not the reverse situation.
We evaluated the ecological association between cumulated dengue incidence and ethnicity comparing the proportions of Afro-Colombian population between cases and non-cases of dengue and so, discarding ecological fallacy
This statistical blunder, the ecological fallacy
, has been recognized for many years and has been well documented in the literature.
With these new findings, evidence from ecological, case-control, and cohort studies are consistent; thus, an interesting question is whether there was an ecological fallacy
Short entries summarize specialized concepts and techniques, such as the ecological fallacy
and open standards, and given information on key organizations.
Kramer, "The Ecological Fallacy
Revisited: Aggregate- versus Individual-level Findings on Economics and Elections, and Sociotropic Voting," American Political Science Review 77:92-111).
If, instead, you (like almost everyone in the field today) started any time during the second half of this century, after Robinson's (1950) ecological fallacy
article and following the advent of modern survey research, you likely became a survey researcher.
One way to minimize the ecological fallacy
is to make the groups as homogeneous as possible by using smaller units of analysis (6).
The fallacy of the ecological fallacy
the potential misuse of a concept and the consequences.
His main methodological criticism of the voting studies is familiar to students of the late Weimar period: Despite valiant efforts to overcome the ecological fallacy
, the absence of individual-level voting data makes it difficult to say with any assurance who exactly liked the Nazis.