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unit of observation

Definition of Unit of Observation

(noun) What is described by research data.

Example of Unit of Observation

  • The entire country is the unit of observation for the United States census that happens every ten years (decennially).

Unit of Observation Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: u·nit of ob·ser·va·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /yOO-nuht uhv ahb-suhr-vAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /yOO-nit UHv ob-zuh-vAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈjunət ʌv ˌɑbzərˈveɪʃən/
  • British English – /ˈjuːnɪt ɒv ˌɒbzə(ː)ˈveɪʃən/

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Cite the Definition of Unit of Observation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “unit of observation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 16, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/unit-of-observation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

unit of observation. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/unit-of-observation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “unit of observation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 16, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/unit-of-observation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“unit of observation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 16 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/unit-of-observation/>.