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dichotomy Any variable which has only two categories. In theory these categories are meant to be mutually exclusive. The variable ‘sex’, with its two categories of ‘male’ and ‘female’, is a good example. There are numerous well-known examples of dichotomies in sociology: Tönnies's Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft, Durkheim's mechanical and organic solidarity, and so on. A variable with more than two categories is called a polytomy. Sometimes, in order to simplify analysis, polytomous variables are collapsed—the number of categories is reduced by merging adjacent codes—to a dichotomy.

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di·chot·o·my / dīˈkätəmē/ • n. (pl. -mies) [usu. in sing.] a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different: a rigid dichotomy between science and mysticism. ∎  Bot. repeated branching into two equal parts.

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dichotomy division into two parts. XVII. — Gr. dikhotomíā, f. dikhótomos cut in two, equally divided, f. dikho-, comb. form of díkha in two, rel. to dís (see DI- 2) — -TOMY.
So dichotomize XVII.

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