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The Construction of Homogeneous Keys for a Biographical Inventory

Report Number: HRRC RB 52-18
Author: DuBois, Philip H.
Author: Gleser, Goldine C.
Author: Loevinger, Jane
Corporate Author: Human Resources Research Center
Date of Publication: 1952-05
Pages: 25
Contract: AF 33(038)-10588
Project: 503-01-0011
AD Number: ADA955723

"Biographical Inventories" have been used extensively, in conjunction with various tests and procedures, in assessing the aptitudes, interests, and experiences of newly inducted airmen as a basis for effective classification and assignment. The function of a Biographical Inventory is to provide an indication of an airman's aptitudes and interests, as reflected in statements regarding his personal history. This bulletin describes research on a relatively new technique for scoring or "keying" Biographical Inventories. This procedure, termed "homogeneous keying," involves development of scores in terms of unitary presonal characteristics as revealed by replies to items in the Biographical Inventory. There is reason to believe that such homogeneous keys will provide for improved classification, as compared to the more traditional "empirical keys" currently in use. However, further field research to test the utility of these homogeneous keys in the practical situation is planned.

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