SCALE UNIT 2)
"The minimum interval in terms of which the scale of the magnitude can usefully or definably be graduated".
D. Mc KAY, author of the definition, adds:"For a magnitude imprecisely known it is defined… to be equal to the probable range of error… But it should be remembered that in theoretical representations the size of the scale unit is generally limited by our inability to define a smaller unit in terms of the coincidence-relations out of which physical representations are constructed" (1969, p.168).
Different scale units correspond to different levels of observation, and the lesser ones are in a sense embedded into the higher ones. The understanding of the various scale units to be used is of utmost importance in the study of complex cyclical or cyclomorphic phenomena.
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