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Definition: A model is an abstract representation that helps us think about something more clearly. One kind of model is the theoretical perspective, whose set of basic assumptions about social life and how it works serve as basic guides to thought and research. Another type of model is an ideal type, a model that oversimplifies reality in order to bring out certain of its most important features. Yet another type of model is used to represent statistical and theoretical relationships among variables, such as in path analysis or regression.

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