AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY TO ASSESS THE ABILITY OF EVIDENCE, ARGUMENT, AND DELIVERY TO DISCRIMINATE FOR WIN/LOSS IN A DEBATE.

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Title:
AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY TO ASSESS THE ABILITY OF EVIDENCE, ARGUMENT, AND DELIVERY TO DISCRIMINATE FOR WIN/LOSS IN A DEBATE.
Author:
SMITH-DONALDSON, JACQUELINE JILL.
Issue Date:
1983
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to identify variables which discriminate between winning and losing a debate as measured by judges' responses on semantic differential scales. The dependent variable was membership in either the group "wins" or "losses." The independent variables were measured by semantic differential scales related to Delivery, Argument, and Evidence. The analytical procedure used was discriminant function analysis. Such an analysis discriminates maximally between the win and loss groups. Four scale items emerged as discriminating for wins and losses in a debate. The most discriminating variable came from the Argument dimension, specifically the scale item Convincing-Unconvincing. The second most discriminating variable was from the Evidence dimension, that is Strong-Weak. The third discriminating variable was from the Delivery dimension, namely Pleasant-Unpleasant. The last significant variable was also from the Evidence dimension, specifically Valuable-Worthless. The final Lambda of .5314 and the canonical correlation of .6845 indicate that the discriminant function produced a fairly high degree of separation between the win and loss groups.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Debates and debating.; Discriminant analysis.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Speech Communication; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Davis, James

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleAN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY TO ASSESS THE ABILITY OF EVIDENCE, ARGUMENT, AND DELIVERY TO DISCRIMINATE FOR WIN/LOSS IN A DEBATE.en_US
dc.creatorSMITH-DONALDSON, JACQUELINE JILL.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSMITH-DONALDSON, JACQUELINE JILL.en_US
dc.date.issued1983en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to identify variables which discriminate between winning and losing a debate as measured by judges' responses on semantic differential scales. The dependent variable was membership in either the group "wins" or "losses." The independent variables were measured by semantic differential scales related to Delivery, Argument, and Evidence. The analytical procedure used was discriminant function analysis. Such an analysis discriminates maximally between the win and loss groups. Four scale items emerged as discriminating for wins and losses in a debate. The most discriminating variable came from the Argument dimension, specifically the scale item Convincing-Unconvincing. The second most discriminating variable was from the Evidence dimension, that is Strong-Weak. The third discriminating variable was from the Delivery dimension, namely Pleasant-Unpleasant. The last significant variable was also from the Evidence dimension, specifically Valuable-Worthless. The final Lambda of .5314 and the canonical correlation of .6845 indicate that the discriminant function produced a fairly high degree of separation between the win and loss groups.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectDebates and debating.en_US
dc.subjectDiscriminant analysis.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSpeech Communicationen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairDavis, Jamesen_US
dc.identifier.proquest8313483en_US
dc.identifier.oclc688484777en_US
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