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Official statistics
Positivists like Durkheim see statistics as social facts, true & objective
1. Free source of widely available quantitative data
2. Allow for easy comparison between groups
3. Show trends and patterns over time
4. In the public domain no issues of consent or infringing upon privacy
5. Representative allow for generalisations
6. Reliable replicable
1. Different topics
2. Different definitions
3. Manipulations by government
4. Unaware of data limitations inaccuracies/missing information?
5. Questioned Validity may not measure what they think they measure
6. Interpretivists see official statistics as lacking validity as they argue that they don't contain
social facts socially constructed & subject to biases


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